Iraqi Archbishop Killed


The kidnapping and murder of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop has made Iraq even more unsafe for Christians, says Jacob Kramer (left), international relief director for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee.

Kramer had worked with Paulus Faraj Rahno (right), the archbishop of Mosul, in 2003 and 2004, when both men helped distribute food to needy Christians and others in northern Iraq. In early April, Rahno was kidnapped after a shootout in which three of his companions were killed. His body was found several days later.

Rahno is among a number of Chaldean clerics to be attacked or abducted in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion. The Chaldeans are the largest Christian community in Iraq.