AFRICA/MALI - A new video of the kidnapped Colombian nun; "An encouraging sign" says the Bishop of Sikasso

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 kidnappings  

Bamako (Agenzia Fides) - "We have seen the video and we are happy to know she is alive and this urges us to continue our prayers and efforts for her release", says to Agenzia Fides His Exc. Mgr. Jean-Baptiste Tiama, Bishop of Sikasso, in Mali, after the release on the Internet of a video of Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, the Colombian religious of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, kidnapped on 8 February 2017 in Karangasso in the south of Mali (see Fides 08/2/2017).
"It comforted us to see that Sister Gloria appears in good condition and the fact that she referred to the Pope's trip to Chile and Peru makes us think that the video is recent. And this gives us much hope", underlines Mgr. Toma.
The Bishop recalls that "next week, a year after the abduction of Sister Gloria, we will hold a prayer vigil. The entire diocesan community will go to the place of the abduction to pray and ask for the release of the religious".
In July 2017, a previous video of Sister Gloria had been released by the kidnappers who apparently belong to the "Support Group to Islam and Muslims", linked to Al Qaida.
In the new video, which lasts 4 minutes and 44 seconds, the religious addresses Pope Francis to ask to intervene for her release. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 30/1/2018)