Rome Newsroom, Sep 25, 2022 / 07:00 am
Pope Francis has appealed for the release of nine Catholics kidnapped in southwest Cameroon.
“I join in the appeal of the bishops of Cameroon for the liberation of some people kidnapped in the diocese of Mamfe, including five priests and a religious sister,” the pope said on Sept. 25.
Speaking in his Angelus address at the end of a Mass in the southern Italian city of Matera, the pope said that he was praying that the Lord may grant peace to Cameroon, where a civil war has been raging since 2017.
Gunmen set fire to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nchang, Cameroon, on the night of Sept. 16 and kidnapped five priests, a religious sister, a cook, a catechist, and a 15-year-old girl living at the convent, according to Vatican News.