Prayers for Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio on 6th anniversary of his disappearance

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Prayers for Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio on 6th anniversary of his disappearance

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Prayers are dedicated today, July 29, for the immediate release of Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio and for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

In March this year, Father Paolo was reported to be among a group of hostages being held by ISIS in the south-east of the country. Fides mentioned a report by Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is considered close to Hezbollah, which said Dall'Oglio was with a group Western and Kurdish hostages. The Times reported the extremist Islamist group was using Dall'Oglio and two other Western hostages, British journalist John Cantlie and a nurse from New Zealand, as "bargaining chips" in negotiations with the US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces surrounding them.

On January 30 2019, relatives of Fr Paolo were received in private audience by Pope Francis. Many prayers vigils have been kept around the world for Fr Paulo. On February 13 last year, a torchlight procession in his name was organized in Rome by the Association of journalists, friends of Father Paolo.

Father Paolo Dall'Oglio (born November 17, 1954) is an Italian Jesuit priest and peace activist. He was exiled from Syria by the government in 2012 for meeting with members of the opposition and criticizing the actions of the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war. He was kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on 29 July 2013.

Before his kidnapping, he had served for three decades at the Deir Mar Musa, a 6th-century monastery 80 kilometres north of Damascus. He has been credited with the reconstruction of the Mar Musa complex and its reinvention as a centre of interfaith dialogue

Pray for the immediate release of Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio and for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:04
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