- Apr 16, 2021
Pope Francis met with Father Pierluigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions, who was freed more than two years after he was kidnapped in Niger.
Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Tumi was released on Friday after being kidnapped on Thursday, along with the traditional leader of his home village of Nso in the country’s troubled North West region.
As Brazil deals with a rising tide of violence during 2020, cases involving two missing priests have socked the country.
With his feet chained during two years of captivity somewhere near the Sahara Desert, Father Pierluigi Maccalli said he found new hope on Pentecost Sunday as he huddled near a shortwave radio to listen to Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.
The bells of the cathedral in Crema, Italy, pealed for joy in the night when the Italian government announced the release of Father Pierluigi Maccalli and three other hostages being held in Mali.
Father Pierluigi Maccalli was one of four hostages released by Islamic militants in Mali on Thursday.
After being kidnapped at gunpoint and spending three harrowing days in captivity over the weekend, Nigerian Father Innocent Mba, the latest cleric to be abducted in Africa in recent months, has been released.
Pope Francis assured members of the Society of African Missions that he, too, was praying for their confrere, Father Pierluigi Maccalli, kidnapped in Niger in September.