Manila, Jun. 11, 2007 (CWNews.com) – An Italian missionary priest was kidnapped in the Philippines on June 10.
Father Giancarlo Bossi, a member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) was abducted from the village of Bulawa in the Mindanao region.
Police indicated that they believed the kidnapping was arranged by the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is fighting for independence in Mindanao. However MILF leaders have denied involvement.
Father Gianni Sanalo, the PIME superior for the Philippines, said that Father Bossi had spent all but 3 of the last 27 years in the Philippines. He said that the priest– who was captured as he prepared to celebrate Mass– had not received any threats.
Father Bossi is the second missionary priest kidnapped in the region recently. Another Italian priest, Father Giuseppe Pierantoni, was taken by the MILF in 2001 and released after several months in captivity. The bishops’ conference of the Philippines has issued a public plea for Father Bossi’s release. And at his Sunday audience on June 10, Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) made a plea for the release of all kidnapping victims.
Let us all pray for him. -Reynor