Mar 14, 2008 / 08:23 am
Thousands of mourners gathered in the Christian village of Kremlis, Iraq today to bury Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose body was discovered yesterday.
The funeral procession included a throng of thousands who cried and wailed as the archbishop’s coffin was carried on the shoulders of about ten men. Security was very tight with a large number of soldiers as well as armored vehicles patrolling the village center.
Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly, who is the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, wept as he led the funeral Mass for the archbishop and called on Christians not to seek revenge for their shepherd’s death.
According to Agence France-Presse Cardinal Delly told the mourners that, "The people of the church should be self-restrained and patient." The funeral was held at Mar Aada church in Kremlis, about 22 miles east of Mosul.