Sunday, June 10, 2007


Photo by Fr. Duoglas Bazzi

The Martyr Fr. Ragheed Ganni

Born: Jan 20, 1972 -Karemlash

Education: Engeneering University-Mosul

Entered the Seminary: 1996/Rome

Became Priets: 2003/ Rome

Worked: Chaldean Diocese of Mosul (2003-2007)

Killed: June 03, 2007

Corpus Domini (Christi) Day On June 07, 2007

After the tragedy of last Sunday, on the Holy Trinity feast: June 03, 2007, we have Lost Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni, and three of his sub-deacons companions. They were killed with no pity by 6 Muslim Terrorists in the City of Mosul (400km) northern Baghdad-Iraq. Fr. Ganni’s mom is my first cousin, he was my friend since I was 7 years old!

On Thursday, June 07th, the Irish College where fr. Ganni studied for more than 6 years between 1996-2003, invited all Chaldeans to preside the Holy Liturgy for him and his companions the Martyrs. It was a big celebration. The number of attendants was almost 200 clergy, religious and lay people. A significant presence of both religious and civil authorities marked the event. 3 Cardinals of the Catholic church (Card. Dawood prefect of the congregation of Eastern Churches, Card. Law, archpriest of Basilica St. Maria Maggiore and a retired Irish Cardinal), plus 3 ambassadors (of G.B, Ireland and Iraq. And a delegation from the American Embassy toward the Holy See).

Msgr. Philip Najim (the chaldean procurator toward the vatican, and the Apostolic Visitor for Chaldean in Europe) presided the Liturgy, and the funeral prayer. He gave indeed a strong and effective homily, about Fr. Ganni, and the miserable situation in Iraq. He called the international Society to interfere to help the suffering country, and the persecuted Christianity in Iraq sine 2003!

May you soul rest in peace forever father Ragheed with all the Martyrs is the heaven, with Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

I'll leave you with some pics for the event.