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American nun kidnapped in Burkina Faso

Eighty-three-year-old Sister Suellen Tennyson, an American Catholic nun was reportedly kidnapped in Burkina Faso the night of the 4th of April.

“On the night of Monday 4 to Tuesday 5 April 2022, Unidentified Armed Men (UAM) visited the community of nuns in Yalgo Parish of the Diocese of Kaya. They abducted Sister Suellen Tennyson, from the Congregation of Marianite Sisters of the Holy Cross,” Bishop Théophile Nare of Kaya said in an April 5 statement shared with ACI Africa.

The bishop added, “Sr. Suellen Tennyson was taken to an unknown destination by her kidnappers who, before leaving, vandalized rooms (and) damaged the community vehicle, which they attempted to take with them.”

“Until the search for her is successful, we remain in communion of prayer for the release of Sr. Suellen Tennyson,” Bishop Nare stated.

The Burkinabé bishop continued, “We also pray for her sisters, for her congregation, as well as for the pastoral agents and the faithful of Yalgo Parish located some 110 kilometres from Kaya.”

Sister Tennyson has been serving in the Diocese of Kaya since October 2014. 

Source: Catholic News Agency

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