From CBC News,
A Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq has been freed, the Vatican said Tuesday.
The Pope, who had prayed for the bishop’s release, was informed immediately of the release, said papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. “He changed his prayer to one of thanks,” he said.
A ransom of $200,000 US initially had been demanded but the bishop was released without the payment of any money, the Vatican said.
This just doesn’t seem right. Why would he be released with no ransom paid? I highly doubt that the kidnappers would just let the archbishop go without getting something from the kidnapping. That just doesn’t make sense.
Perhaps a ransom was paid by someone other than the Vatican. Perhaps the Vatican paid the ransom under the table as not to draw criticism from the US and other allies for negotiating with the terrorists. This story just doesn’t seem to follow the pattern of other kidnappings.