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Missionary in Mali found te be alive three years after kidpnapping by Islamists

After more than three years, the first proven news of a missionary abducted in Mali by jihadists has appeared. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez is alive and, she informs, is in the hands of the same Islamic group that imprisoned the Italian missionary, Fr. Pierluigi Maccallego. "I believe that God will help me regain my freedom," writes the Colombian missionary in a letter to her brother.


The letter is handwritten in Spanish. Its truth was confirmed by the Pontifical Association Aid to the Church in Need, which also revealed that it was passed on thanks to the mediation of the International Red Cross. The kidnapped missionary wrote a letter in February, but it didn’t reach her brother until May. Now part of the letter has been made public.

Sister Gloria assures about prayers for her relatives and asks them for their prayers. “I’ve been in captivity for four years, now in the hands of a new group. Please pray a lot for me,” wrote the missionary.

Her brother also reports that Sister Gloria took very bad separation from Sophia Petronin, a French volunteer with whom she was imprisoned for several years and who was released last year. This affected her mental condition as well as her physical health. A missionary needs medical help.


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