Kidnappings

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Ransom was paid for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Jan 6, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A ransom was paid for the missionaries held hostage in Haiti, said the husband and father of six of the... Read more

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Final 12 kidnapped missionaries released by Haitian gang

Dec 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The freeing of the U.S. missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries by their captors in Haiti came exactly two months to... Read more

Rebuilding project in Haiti

As three more hostages released in Haiti, Christian group thanks God and asks for more prayers

Dec 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Three more hostages from an Ohio-based Christian group were released in Haiti, leaving 12 captives of the 400 Mawozo gang.... Read more

Rebuilding project in Haiti

Christians pray, fast for release of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The ringleader behind the kidnappings of 17 missionaries in Haiti has threatened to kill the hostages unless he received his... Read more

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Christian aid group requests prayers for kidnapped missionaries in Haiti

Oct 19, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The gang responsible for the kidnapping of 17 missionaries in Haiti is demanding a $17 million ransom for their safe... Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez

Nun released nearly five years after kidnapping in Mali thanks God

Oct 19, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

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

Fr. Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.

Catholic diocese rejoices as priest is freed barely 24 hours after kidnapping

Sep 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

“Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors.” Read more

Father Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.Kafanchan Diocese

Urgent prayers needed for kidnapped Nigerian priest

Sep 14, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from... Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez

Prayers asked for nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017

Aug 11, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

An initiative that works to highlight persecution of Christians released Friday a video seeking prayers for Sister Gloria Cecilia Nárvaez... Read more

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Abducted Catholic priest, catechist released by Burmese militia

Aug 6, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Father Noel Hrang Tin Thang and an unnamed catechist were traveling from the town of Surkhua to Hakha when nabbed... Read more

Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Max Leroy Mésidor.

Remaining Catholic clergy kidnapped in Haiti finally released

Apr 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Society of Priests of St. Jacques announced this Friday, April 30th, that the remaining seven of the 10 Catholic... Read more

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sept. 16, 2008.

Three kidnapped Catholics released in Haiti

Apr 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Seven other Catholics remain captive more than 10 days after their abduction Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe / Courtesy photo

Southern California Catholics pray for kidnapped Nigerian Bishop with strong ties to the area

Dec 30, 2020

Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of... Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic archbishop urges renewed prayers for kidnapped bishop amid ‘misleading’ reports

Dec 30, 2020

A Catholic archbishop called Tuesday for renewed prayers for a kidnapped bishop following “misleading” reports about the bishop’s fate.  Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

Video shows 90-year-old cardinal telling kidnappers: ‘I will preach what is the truth’

Nov 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

When 90-year-old Cardinal Christian Tumi was interrogated in captivity by armed separatists in Cameroon last week, he calmly told his... Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

Cardinal is freed after kidnapping by gunmen in Cameroon

Nov 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed.  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

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Pakistani archbishop warns of surge in Christian girls kidnapped, forced into marriages

Sep 27, 2019

By CNA Staff

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has warned of an increase in young Christian and Hindu girls being kidnapped, then forced... Read more

Religious sisters in Cameroon released one day after kidnapping

Nov 16, 2018

Three Franciscan sisters and 13 novices travelling from Bamenda to Shisong in Northwest Cameroon have been released, after they were... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil: 'I have witnessed the power of prayer'

Nov 6, 2018

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen,... Read more