.- A 10 year-old girl who was kidnapped and eventually freed in Colombia will travel to the Vatican to meet Pope Benedict on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
âThe Holy Father followed closely the kidnapping of Nohra Valentina and prayed for her release,â Colombiaâs ambassador to the Holy See, Cesar Mauricio Velasquez, said on Nov. 7.
âNow he is pleased to learn of her visit to the Holy See.â
A reporter from the Colombian daily El Tiempo traveled to the town of Fortul to deliver the news personally to Valentinaâthe daughter of the townâs mayor who was kidnapped for 19 days in late September and freed on Oct. 17.
Velasquez also said the Pope sent a message calling for the release of all the kidnapped in Colombia and urging that children not be involved in the countryâs ongoing civil conflict.
Valentina and her family will attend the Mass Pope Benedict will celebrate on Dec. 12 in St. Peterâs Basilica to commemorate the independence bicentennials of various Latin American countries, including Colombia.