Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 16, 2017 / 12:44 pm America/Denver (CNA).
An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, according to media reports.
Fr. Maurizio Pallu had been a missionary in Nigeria for three years.
According to the Italian bishops' publication, Avvenire, the kidnappers may be local criminals whose aim would be to obtain a ransom in exchange for the priest.
While the Islamist terror group Boko Haram is active in Nigeria’s northern region, the priest was kidnapped from the south.
Authorities are investigating the incident.