From Catholic News Agency:
When Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was confronted by armed men after celebrating the Eucharist at his Chaldean Catholic parish in Mosul, they asked him why he was still there and why he hadn’t closed the church as they had demanded.
“How can I close the house of God?” he responded, right before they shot and killed him, alongside three friends and subdeacons at the parish: Waheed, Ghasan, and Basman.
An Iraqi priest born in 1972 in a town in the Plain of Ninevah, Fr. Ganni moved to Rome in 1996 to study at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas on a scholarship from the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need.
In 2003 he decided to return to Iraq, despite the war following the American invasion, and the persecution of Christians that was taking place. He served at a parish in Mosul until the day of his death, June 3, 2007.
Ten years after his death, Fr. Ganni’s friend and fellow priest, Fr. Rebwar Basa, has written a book about his life and death, and about the ongoing situation of Christians in Iraq. He spoke to CNA at a presentation for A Catholic Priest in the Islamic State, published by Aid to the Church in Need.
Read more at Catholic News Agency.
Aid to the Church in Need helped Fr. Ganni in his journey to become a priest, and they continue to help his flock as they serve the Christian community in Iraq.
Immaculate Heart Radio is honored to partner with Aid to the Church in Need during our June Pledge Drive (June 12-16) to provide aid to the Christian community in Syria and Iraq.
For every new $50/month pledge that Immaculate Heart Radio receives, donors of ACNUSA pledge to feed one Christian family, displaced by war in Syria and Iraq, through the end of this year, distributed through a network of local priests and sisters.
And for every $100/month pledge that Immaculate Heart Radio receives, donors of ACNUSA pledge to feed two Christian families, displaced by war in Syria and Iraq, through the end of this year, distributed through a network of local priests and sisters.
This is an opportunity to provide more than $360,000 toward a Humanitarian Aid Project that serves our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
All the funds from the $50/month and $100/month pledge donations will stay with Immaculate Heart Radio, but these pledges will trigger a separate donation that will be made by Aid to the Church in Need donors to the Christian families in Syria and Iraq.
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