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Cagayan de Oro Inter-faith forum for Peace Harmony and Solidarity

Dear Father Gianni Sandalo PIME Regional Superior / Dear Father Nador Jesulga Apostolic Adminstrator of Ipil

Kalinaw (Peace)!

We address these simple words of concern and solidarity to the priests of the PIME Missionary Society, to the priests, religious and the whole Catholic Community of the Prelature of Ipil and especially to the family and friends of Father Bossi in Italy, in Payao and throughout the Philippines.

We are an Inter-faith group whose members come from the Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. Our aim is to promote peace, harmony and solidarity between Christians, Muslims and Lumads in Mindanao.

At our regular meeting yesterday we expressed our outmost condemnation of the kidnapping of Father Giancarlo Bossi PIME. Kidnapping is an evil act that completely violates the moral teachings of both Islam and Christianity. We therefore express our utter condemnation of this cowardly act committed against your beloved Father Bossi.

We also express our heartful concern for the present circumstances of Father Giancarlo and would like to assure each and every one of you that we will continue to keep him and each one of you in our daily thoughts and prayers.

May Our Almighty and Merciful God grant Father Giancarlo a speedy and safe release and guide and protect him during this time of trial. May Almighty God grant his abductors a change of heart and mind.

With heartfelt and prayerful concern,   (Signatures) (Done on June 15, 2007)

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