Rome Newsroom, Apr 23, 2021 / 04:35 am America/Denver (CNA).
More than 10 days after five priests, two nuns, and three lay people were abducted in Haiti and held for ransom, there are reports that three of the kidnapped Catholics have been released.
Fr. Loudger Mazile, a spokesman for the Haitian bishops’ conference, told AFP on April 22 that the two kidnapped French citizens -- one missionary priest and a religious sister -- were still being held by the kidnappers, along with five others.
Mazile added that the three lay people, who are family members of a Haitian priest, were not among those who were released.
The group of Catholics was abducted on April 11 at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest.
According to Haitian media, the 400 Mawozo gang admitted that it is behind the kidnapping and is demanding a $1 million ransom.