Yaounde (Agenzia Fides) - The Episcopal Conference of Cameroon has launched an appeal to the faithful to intensify their prayer for the release of hostages "held around the world", and in particular for Fr. Georges Vandenbeusch, the "Fidei Donum" French priest kidnapped on November 13 in his parish in Nguetchewe, a town in Cameroon which is about twenty kilometers from the border with Nigera (see Fides 14/11/2013).
We have no concrete news about Fr.Vandenbeusch except that the kidnappers are Nigerians, perhaps they belong to members of Boko Haram, and that the priest is held in an unknown location in Nigeria. According to the Cameroonian press the Prefect of the Department of Mayo-Tsanaga has asked for the intervention of the local traditional authorities to try to get in touch with the priest’s kidnappers. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 28/11/2013)