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Father Hans-Joachim Lohre, a German priest who was reportedly kidnapped in November 2022 in Mali, was freed Nov. 26, 2023.

German missionary priest released a year after being abducted in Mali

Nov 27, 2023

By Silas Isenjia

Father Hans-Joachim Lohre, a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa who was reportedly kidnapped in Bamako, Mali,... Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years.

‘Spiritually transformative’: Nun recalls Mali captivity in new religious freedom report

Jun 28, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

The Colombian nun narrated her experience in the foreword of the 2023 edition of the Religious Freedom in the World... Read more

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

Oct 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017. Read more

The flag of Mali.

Kidnappers free Catholic priest and four others in Mali

Jun 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gunmen released Fr. Léon Douyon 72 hours after seizing him. Read more

The flag of Mali.

Catholic priest among five people kidnapped in Mali

Jun 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Léon Douyon was abducted by gunmen on June 21. Read more

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli pictured before he was kidnapped.

Catholic priest freed two years after kidnapping by jihadist group

Oct 9, 2020

An Italian Catholic priest was freed Thursday two years after he was kidnapped by a jihadist group.  Read more

Ismail Wague, Mali’s Air Force deputy chief of staff, addresses the media following the coup Aug. 19.

Catholic bishop: Mali coup 'a big failure for our democracy'

Aug 20, 2020

By ACI Africa

The military coup in Mali is “a big failure for our democracy,” the president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculation Conception in Ouagadougou.

There were over 800 extremist attacks in West Africa in 2019

Dec 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Extremist attacks have risen dramatically in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, from 180 incidents in 2017 to more than 800... Read more

Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

Sep 13, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central... Read more

Reported message from kidnapped nun calls on Pope for help

Jan 30, 2018

A reported video message from a Colombian nun kidnapped almost a year ago in Mali appeals to Pope Francis for... Read more

Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako speaks at a forum on religious leaders' contribution to the peace process in Mali, Aug. 2, 2016.

Mali's first cardinal, Archbishop Jean Zerbo

Jun 27, 2017

Among those bishops who will be created cardinals at the June consistory is Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, a man... Read more

Four people charged in connection with kidnapped nun in Mali

Apr 7, 2017

Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing.  Read more

Mali bishops plead for kidnapped nun's release

Apr 2, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Mali are asking the general public to help secure the release of a nun who was... Read more

Nun in Mali kidnapped by alleged jihadists

Feb 10, 2017

The Colombian bishops are asking for prayers after a religious sister from Colombia was kidnapped for the home where she... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

Nov 22, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis condemned the “senseless violence” of Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel which has killed at least 22 people... Read more

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 25, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and... Read more

Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

May 7, 2015

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the... Read more