Abducted in Iraq: A Priest in Baghdad

Abducted in Iraq: A Priest in Baghdad

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Abducted in Iraq: A Priest in Baghdad by Saad Sirop Hanna

How do we respond in the face of evil, especially to those who inflict grave evil upon us? Abducted in Iraq is Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna’s firsthand account of his abduction in 2006 by a militant group associated with al-Qaeda. As a young parish priest and visiting lecturer on philosophy at Babel College near Baghdad, Fr. Hanna was kidnapped after celebrating Mass on August 15 and released on September 11. Hanna’s plight attracted international attention after Pope Benedict XVI requested prayers for the safe return of the young priest.

The book charts Hanna’s twenty-eight days in captivity as he struggles through threats, torture, and the unknown to piece together what little information he has in a bid for survival. Throughout this time, he questions what a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq means for the future, as well as the events that lead the country on that path. Through extreme hardship, the young priest gains a greater knowledge both of his faith and of remaining true to himself.

This riveting narrative reflects the experience of persecuted Christians all over the world today, especially the plight of Iraqi Christians who continue to live and hold their faith against tremendous odds, and it sheds light on the complex political and spiritual situation that Catholics face in predominantly non-Christian nations. More than just a personal story, Abducted in Iraq is also Hanna’s portrayal of what has happened to the ancient churches of one of the oldest Christian communities and how the West’s reaction and inaction have affected Iraqi Christians. More than just a story of one man, it is also the story of a suffering and persecuted people. As such, this book will be of great interest to those wanting to learn more about the violence in the Middle East and the threats facing Christians there, as well all those seeking to strengthen their own faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268102968
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 724,883
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Saad Sirop Hanna is the Apostolic Visitor for Chaldeans Residing in Europe, the auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad, Iraq, and a recurring visitor at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Alton ix

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Sign and the Soccer Field 3

Chapter 2 On the day my life would be forever altered 13

Chapter 3 I am here and this is real. Be strong. 21

Chapter 4 The Chair Man 31

Chapter 5 Abu Hamid 39

Chapter 6 This is where we end them. 51

Chapter 7 A Good Man and the Americans 65

Chapter 8 Ibn Rushd 79

Chapter 9 Kafir 91

Chapter 10 The Sniper, the Butcher, and the Dogs 105

Chapter 11 Escape 119

Chapter 12 Beyond Survival 131

Chapter 13 Are you not pleased? 143

Chapter 14 The Highway 153

Chapter 15 The Answer 165

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