6 Jun 2017

Iraqi martyr's last words: We cannot close the house of God

There is an Irish connection to this martyr for the faith. During his study in Rome he resided at the Pontifical Irish College where he played soccer for the College. The annual showcase 5-a-side tournament played in May between the Scots, English, Beda and Irish Colleges has been named the "Ragheed Cup" in his honor. 

Fr Ganni also celebrated his first Mass in Chapel at the Irish College. Today he is one of the nine figures represented in the apse of that chapel where the relics of St. Oliver Plunkett rest in the altar there wrapped in the priestly stole of Fr. Ragheed.  

Father Ganni was secretary to Paulos Faraj Rahho, the Archbishop of Mosul of the Chaldean Church, Iraq's largest Christian community. Rahho was murdered only nine months after Ganni's death, in the same city of Mosul.

ACN - Father Ragheed Ganni 1972-2007
The Last Mass of Father Ragheed, a Martyr of the Chaldean Church

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