VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict lamented on Sunday the killing of an Iraqi priest during a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, the latest attack on Iraq’s Christian community.
Adel Yousif of the Syrian Orthodox Church was killed on Saturday near his home in central Baghdad’s Karrada district.
“(The Pope) prays that all people will follow the ways of peace in order to build a just and tolerant society in the beloved land of Iraq,” the Vatican said in a telegram, signed by Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.
Last month, Iraq’s Christians mourned a Chaldean Catholic archbishop, Paulos Faraj Rahho, who was kidnapped by gunmen and later found dead. It was not clear how Rahho, who was known to suffer from poor health, had died.
Writing by Phil Stewart; Editing by Robert Woodward