Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - "We have several lines of investigation to get to find the three religious kidnapped, we must understand which is the right one," says to Fides Agency his Exc. Mgr. Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku, Bishop of Butembo-Beni (eastern Democratic Republic of Congo), in whose diocese three Assumptionist fathers (Augustinians of the Assumption) were kidnapped of Congolese nationality.
The three priests, Jean-Pierre Ndulani, Anselme Wasikundi and Edmond Bamutute were kidnapped around 9 pm on October 19 while they were in the parish of Notre-Dame des Pauvres in Mbau, 22 km from Beni and 70 km from the episcopal see of Butembo. "The parish where the religious were kidnapped is located in an area where there are several armed groups who commit acts of banditry of this kind," explains the Bishop. "We have asked the faithful to pray so that God touches the hearts of the kidnappers and release our fathers." "We have appealed to the general mobilization not only of the police and other security forces, but also to the population of the area to provide us with information on the kidnappers’ movements " says Mgr. Sikuli Paluku who concludes hoping to "get some more precise information during the course of day ". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 22/10/2012)