PRAYER REQUEST: Update on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq
On Tuesday (October 16th) we asked for prayer for Father Pius Affas (in his 60s) and Father Mazen Ishoa (in his 30s and ordained on 1st September) who were kidnapped in Mosul, northern Iraq, on Saturday (13th).
A deadline set by the kidnappers for agreement on their $1million ransom demand expires tomorrow, i.e. Saturday 20th October.
Mgr Basile George Casmoussa, the Syro-Catholic archbishop of Mosul, is quoted by Catholic news site Asia News (www.asianews.it) expressing his concern about the apparent indifference of local and national politicians. "Not one single politician has called us just to express their solidarity. Not one step of any kind has been taken."
Therefore, Christians supporting these two priests request our continued prayers that:
* Fr. Affas and Fr. Ishoa will be released unharmed soon
* They will know the deep inner peace of Jesus throughout their ordeal
* Archbishop Casmoussa and all others involved in negotiations will know the Spirit's guiding and enabling in all negotiations
* Christians across Mosul and nearby will know the daily strengthening of Jesus to live wisely and without fear
* The kidnappers will know the truth of Jesus and respond to His love for them.