Matt C. Abbott
September 17, 2006
Catholic priest missing in Baghdad
By Matt C. Abbott

From a source in Iraq:

    A third priest may now have become a victim of the violence and lawlessness in Baghdad. Father Basil Salem Yaldo was last seen leaving a church building in the Dora area of Baghdad. He is the personal secretary to the Catholic Patriarch for Iraq. At the time of his disappearance, a car bomb had exploded in the vicinity and a round-up of suspects took place by Iraqi and Coalition Security Forces. It is not known if Father Basil was taken into custody, is being held for ransom, or worse.

    The first priest to be abducted was forced to leave the country after being brutalized and then released. The second is still being treated for injuries suffered during weeks of physical and mental abuse. He was released only after a series of ransoms were paid.

    Please keep Father Basil in your prayers.

Update as of Sept. 24, 2006 Father Basil reportedly has been released. Thank you all for your prayers

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