En erkbiskop innen den kaldeiske kirke, Paulos Faraj Rahho, ble bortført av væpnede menn som drepte tre av hans livvakter i Mosul, Nord-Irak, fredag. Kidnappingen virket planlagt.

«This act of abduction against a Christian clergy member will increase our fears and worries about the situation of Christians in Iraq,» said Archbishop Andreos Abouna.

The Chaldean church is an Eastern-rite denomination that recognizes the authority of the pope and is aligned with the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said in a statement the fact that the gunmen knew Rahho had been celebrating a religious rite indicated the kidnapping was premeditated.

Chaldean archbishop kidnapped in Iraq