CBF-SEA-BA Link 2007 no. 21Dear Friends in the Word, here is an urgent appeal from Iraq:
Fr. Pius Afas, 60 (picture from our mother website: c-b-f.org
Kidnappers Set Deadline for $1 Million Ransom. The Syro-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul has slammed Iraqi authorities for not having helped to release the two priests recently kidnapped in the country. Father Mazen Ishoa, 35, and Father Pius Afas, 60, were kidnapped on their way to celebrate Mass on Saturday at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church in the al-Faisaliya neighborhood.
In addressing the Christian community, Archbishop Casmoussa called on its members “to continue praying, because we need peace. Iraqi Christians are loyal to their country and respectful of every group”.
The unknown captors, who have demanded a $1 million ransom, set a payment deadline for this Saturday in a brief telephone call to Archbishop Casmoussa. He said to Asia News: “They told me that our priests are doing well, [but] the demand for payment remains unchanged. “So far there have been no direct contacts with the two priests.” The archbishop urged everyone “not to stop praying. It is the only and best thing we can do.”
Against the horrifying pictures given by the mass media, we hear the hopeful and joyful and grateful voice of our dear Tammy. Let us continue praying for Myanmar.
Sr. Tammy Saberon wrote:
I know it is painful to think how things are going… and our friends in Iraq, I hope they will be released soon. Yes, I read it yesterday… touched by people’s concern throughout the world.
Bsp. Sotero is improving day by day. I told him the card came from Alexander, you and me and he took it immediately from me and tried to read it. I read it for him and asked him to repeat the words. He was very happy. His secretary has not opened his email yet. He can now manage to close and open his hand and lift it up to some degree as well as his feet. With the Physiotherapist’s help, he can lift up his hips from the bed for some exercise. I will go tomorrow to give him speech therapy. They want me to do it daily but my work in the office hinder me from doing it. Thanks once again for your concern and prayers. I felt the closeness we have due to this fast communication. Now the internet is back for the whole day. This is one good news!
CBF friends of Northern Luzon
Warm Congratulations for the success of your Regional Workshop. Your
enthusiasm is amazing! It is great that the Ministers of the Word are
working with great success in many parts of the world. God made wonders for
all of us and for those we minister. The Website makes us closer to one
another. Your concern and prayerful support for the people in this country
and for my safety is very much appreciated and I feel the power of your
prayers within me. The future is uncertain for all of us. We, the
missionaries here, are walking with them in all areas of uncertainty. This
is what faith is all about. This is the way we are meant to walk realizing
and accepting our vulnerability – God is the only strength we can rely on.
A million thanks to you all. Tammy.
Congratulations to JPIBC for what they have accomplished during their 3 day workshop. You can read their reactions to Lineamenta in our website https://cbfsea.wordpress.com
In the Lord, yours Sr. Emma Gunanto, osu.
THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE REGIONAL BIBLICAL WORKSHOP OF NORTHERN LUZON ON LINEAMENTA – JOHN PAUL I BIBLICAL CENTER – IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY – VIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – OCTOBER 15-17, 2007
CBF-SEA-BA Link 2007 No. 20
Dear Friends in the Word,
Here is an urgent message concerning our friends in the Middle East :
Alexander M. Schweitzer, General Secretary, wrote:
Last Saturday two syro-catholic priests have been kidnapped in Iraq , one of them being our friend and colleague Fr. Pios Affas, director of the Bible Centre in Mossul , Iraq . This dramatic event shows us once again the sufferance of the Iraqi people and the disconsolate situation of the Christians in Mesopotamia .
Let us all pray for the two victims that they may receive the strength and faith they need in this difficult moment and that they may return safe and sound. In the name of our Federation I have assured our friends in Iraq and in the Middle East region of our sympathy and solidarity.
We have put the announcement also on the CBF Website (www.c-b-f.org). And if you would like to add your own address of solidarity you might send it to Fr. Ayoub Chahwan (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Middle East coordinator.
Fr. Ayoub Chahwan, wrote:
Dear Sister Emma,
I thank you for sending us this e-mail; that gives us an idea about what our brothers and sisters are going thru all over the world.
We also have bad news in our area and are very concerned and worried for the fate of Fr. Pios Afas, Animator of the CBF in Iraq , and the young priest Fr. Mazen, both kidnapped on Saturday, October 13, in Iraq .
I invite you to pray for our wounded Church in Iraq due to all the persecutions against it. Let’s raise our prayers and ask the Lord Jesus to give Fr. Pios and Fr. Mazen strength to hold on to their faith and entrust their lives into his hands.
God be with you and with all our brothers and sisters of this lovely family that is the CBF. Hope we will meet in Tanzania .
Fr. Ayoub CHAHWAN
Coordinator Catholic Biblical Federation in the Middle East
Holy Spirit University, Kaslik, P.O.Box 446 Jounieh , LEBANON
Tel: +961.9.60 00 00, Fax: +961.9.60 01 00, Mobile : +961.3.67 45 03
And here we have good news about Bishop Sotero Phamo in Myanmar :
Sr.Tammy Saberon wrote:
I am glad you still hear news ….! I am OK and well,
I visited Bishop Sotero yesterday without the Get Well Card but I will visit him again this afternoon with the Card. Bishop is a very good patient and cooperates well with his physiotherapist. He can now move his fingers and toes. There has been much improvement since I last saw him a week ago. His speech is coming back slowly. I gave him a speech therapy from A-Z and he managed it and laughs at intervals. He is in good spirit so he can really get well soon. So, let’s continue our prayers for him. I told his secretary to check his email, print them and read them to him. This afternoon I will know if she did open the email.
You can write to Bishop Sotero. His address is email@example.com
From our website https://cbfsea.wordpress.com you can get access to the websites of our friends in SEA.
In the Lord,
yours Sr. Emma Gunanto, osu.
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