CWN - The family of an Italian Jesuit priest who was kidnapped in Syria has issued an appeal, as the anniversary of his disappearance arrives.

Father Paolo Dell'Oglio was apparently captured near Raqqa, Syria, last July 29. To date, no clear information has emerged about his captors, his whereabouts, or his condition-- although several conflicting rumors have circulated during the year.

"We ask those responsible for the disappearance of a good man, a man of faith, a man of peace, to have the dignity to let us know of his fate," the priest's family said in their appeal. The statement asked for prayers for Father Dell'Oglio and "for who have been kidnapped, unjustly detained and for the many who are suffering because of this war.”

The family's appeal was posted by the Vatican Information Service.

 

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