Imperial Nature

Joy tempered by mourning
Church leaders in many parts of the world, including General Secretary Samuel Kobia of the World Council of Churches, expressed relief and joy at the freeing of three members of Christian Peacemaker Teams held hostage in Iraq.

In a daring morning raid on March 23, a British-led force of 200 soldiers and experts, relying on a tip, gained access to a building in a rural area and found Canadians Jim Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, along with Norman Kember, 74, of London. They had been abducted at gunpoint November 26 in Baghdad with American Tom Fox, whose body was found March 10 with gunshot wounds to his head and chest.


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