Vatican opens sainthood causes for Iraqi church attack victims

The Congregation for Saints’ Causes has permitted inquiry into the sanctity of one among the gunshot victims of June 3, 2007, in front of the Holy Spirit Church in Mosul.

Born in 1972 in Mosul, Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni, the murdered Iraqi priest was a student of theology at Rome’s Pontifical Irish College during 1996-2003.

The deacons, Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho and Gassan Isam Bidawed chaperoned Fr. Ganni, as the priest incessantly received threats from the militants.

Masked men with machine guns halted the vehicle, the priest and deacons travelled in, asked them to step down, shot them four mercilessly, further booby-trapping their car, so that the victims' bodies could not be recovered.

Fr. Rebwar Basa, a friend of the murdered priest was quoted saying that Fr. Ganni described the situation in Iraq as “worse than hell” during his five-year tenure as priest.

Other news