Pope happy with release of two Italian hostages in Iraq

.- Yesterday evening Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, following the release of two Italian women who had been kidnapped on September 7 as they volunteered in Iraq, issued a statement expressing Pope John Paul II’s  “great joy [at] the news.”

“His thoughts also went to their families and, together with them and with all other people of good will, thanks God for this humane gesture," continued the statement.


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