fr. james mason

Cause for canonization opened for classmate and friend of Kenrick-Glennon rector

Then-seminarians, from left, Don Kettle, Ragheed Ganni and James Mason visited at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, circa 1999 or 2000. Father Mason keeps this photo and a holy card of Father Ganni in his breviary.

Iconic imagery of the war in Iraq shows the U.S. Army pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdaus Square on April 9, 2003.

While a sledgehammer-wielding man made little headway on the statue base, soldiers rolled up in a tank, wrapped a chain around the statue's neck, covered the face with the U.S. flag and let 'er rip. Hundreds of Iraqis cheered and celebrated their liberation from the brutal dictator.

But not everyone was so moved. In fact, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni predicted persecution for minority Christians and brethren Chaldean Catholics as a result.

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