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Pope Francis prays for a rapid, positive and peaceful response to the issue of the kindapped Italian priests and a Canadian Nun



Pope Francis is praying for two Italian priests and a Canadian nun that have been kidnapped in Cameroon. The attack occurred overnight on Saturday in the north of the west African country, which borders violence-wracked Nigeria.
According to news reports the gunmen ransacked the parish before seizing the priests and the nun. The priests have been identified as Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, and belong to the Italian Vicenza “fidei donum” group and the Canadian nun is Sr. Gilberte Bussier.
A communique from the Vatican on Saturday said that since the pope was informed of the kidnapping he has remained in constant contact with the nuntiature in Cameroon. He hopes for a rapid, positive and peaceful solution to the affair.
The three religious were captured by two armed groups in their home in the diocese of Maroua, in the North of Cameroon. Among those suspected for the kidnapping are the Islamic militia, Boko Haram.
The attack comes three months after the release of French priest Georges Vandenbeusch, who was kidnapped in the same region in mid-November 2013 and then held in neighbouring Nigeria by Boko Haram.




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