Father Denton, Vocations Director with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne said today that he shared the joy of Melbourne’s Chaldean Community at the release of Fr Saad Sirop Hanna.
Fr Saad was kidnapped on 15 August in Baghdad just after celebrating Mass at St Jacob's parish in Dora, Baghdad, for the feast of the Assumption. His car was stopped and Father Saad was bundled into another car by three masked kidnappers. When he was not freed after twenty-four hours everyone became very alarmed. Previously, there had been priests abducted for ransom in Iraq but they had always been set free early on.