Death of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho
A statement from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson
March 19, 2008
In the midst of this Holy Week, we pray for religious tolerance and mutual respect of other faith traditions throughout the world, and especially, we lift up the plight of all people who are persecuted for their faith. We remember particularly the Chaldean community during these days of loss, suffering, and mourning. The kidnapping and death of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho is a tragic act of violence. We extend our condolences to members of the Chaldean Catholic Church and unite with people of faith from every tradition who condemn not only this kidnapping and death, but all acts of terror and extremism.
Archbishop Rahho had recently shared with a Vatican news agency: "Everyone is suffering from this war irrespective of religious affiliation, but in Mosul Christians face starker choices." During this sacred week we remember our Lord's plea, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Resting in God's promised mercy, we lift up our prayers for peace and hope. For all who experience suffering, persecution, and death we pray, "Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy."
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America