Vatican newspaper calls for hope in wake of kidnappings in Iraq


The offical Vatican newspaper “L ‘Osservatore Romano,” is calling on Italians not to lose hope in response to terrorist statements that two 29-year old Italian volunteers have been killed in Iraq.

The front-page headline yesterday read, “Anguish and hope and yet we will not give up,” alluding to Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, who were kidnapped September 7 in Bagdad.

The newspaper called on readers to continue hoping for the release of the young people, who traveled to Iraq as part of a humanitarian outreach to children.
“We must hope that these messages are not authentic, that they are only a dream, the worst you can have, and that the dark shadows that are suffocating us might dissappar soon,” the article stated.


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