CNA Staff, Oct 9, 2020 / 02:00 am
An Italian Catholic priest was freed Thursday two years after he was kidnapped by a jihadist group.
The office of the president of Mali announced Oct. 8 the liberation of Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions.
He was one of four hostages released this week by fighters believed to be linked to al-Qaeda, including another Italian, Nicola Chiacchio.
The news was confirmed by Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio.