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Syrian Orthodox Priest beheaded in Mosul as consequences of Pope Benedict's recent speech

SOLNews (Damascus - 11.10.2006). During the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Damascus reported the Syrian orthodox Archbishop of Jazirah & Euphrates, Mor Eustathius Matta Roham, about the brutal murder of a Syrian orthodox priest by fanatic Islamic group in Mosul. The Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church and all the Bishops, the members of the Holy Synod, were shocked with very sad news from Mosul, Iraq.

 According to the Archbishop the Syrian orthodox priest Father Boulos Iskander (55) was killed by beheading. Three days ago he was kidnapped by a fanatic group as consequences of Pope Benedict's recent speech. They forced the Syrian orthodox community in Mosul to write 30 large posters denying what the Pope had cited in respect with Mohammad, the prophet of Islam. Although their request was done, the fanatics killed the priest. The Bishop of Mosul H.G. Mor Gregorios Saliba Shemun received the tragedy news during the evening session of the Holy Synod. He immediately left the meetings returning to Mosul to be with the faithful at this very difficult time.

The funeral service for father Boulus Iskender held on 13th. October in Mosul. About 500 people attended the funeral ceremony.

Gabriel Rabo



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