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Father Pierluigi Maccalli visits Fatima to “thank Mary” for his release

Fr. Maccalli

Catholic News Agency reported that on the first Sunday of August Father Pierluigi Maccalli visited the shrine of Fatima in Portugal.

In an exclusive interview with the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Portugal), Father Pierluigi, an SMA missionary priest, talked about his thanksgiving pilgrimage to Fatima and also reminded about the case of Sister Gloria Narváez Argoti, the Colombian religious sister still held captive by the jihadists after over four years. Father Pierluigi asks for all our prayers, that she may soon regain her liberty.

During the interview with ACN, Father Pierluigi, accompanied by his brother, Father Walter Maccalli, also a priest,  and Portuguese missionary Sister Alexandra Almeida – both missionaries in Liberia – expressed his concern about the health of Sister Gloria.

“Every day I pray for this religious sister, who after four and a half years still remains in the hands of her abductors. I suffered two years of imprisonment, and it was a long time. She has spent twice as long; she is a woman, and she is alone. I believe that she needs a great many prayers. I ask everyone to pray every day for her and for other prisoners like her, that her liberation may come soon.”

You can read the whole report here.

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