Cardinal Cormac appeals for Margaret Hassan to be freed

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has pleaded with the captors of Margaret Hassan to set her free. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "I would like us to remember Margaret Hassan, the charity worker who has spent her life in the service of the needy in Iraq, and whose fate at the hands of violent men remains today in the balance. "I would like to add my voice and yours in an appeal to her captors to allow themselves to feel what she and her family must be now feeling, and practise the great Islamic virtue of mercy by setting her free." Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor was speaking on Saturday at the Churches Together in England forum at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. Prayers were said for Margaret Hassan at Masses throughout Westminster diocese last Sunday. The director of CARE International in Iraq, Mrs Hassan, 59, was kidnapped on 19 October as she drove to work in Baghdad. Videos of Mrs Hassan in captivity have been released, but no group has claimed responsibility for her abduction. In two of the videos, Hassan pleads for her life, saying she fears she will be beheaded. More information about the CTEW gathering at Souirce Archbishops House

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