AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Prayer and fasting in the prison of Abidjan for Fr. Gigi Maccalli

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 kidnapping   missionary institutes   missionaries   violence   prisoners  

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - In the prison of Abidjan, the largest in the Ivory Coast, Christian inmates are concerned about the fate of Fr. Gigi Maccalli, the missionary kidnapped in Niger on 17 September. Father Ramon Bernad, a native of Saragossa, a missionary in the Ivory Coast, and confrere of Father Maccalli, told Fides that prisoners in the prison of Abidjan regularly organize prayer vigils dedicated to the missionary. A woman prisoner said that last Friday, on the eve of the 2nd month of Fr. Gigi’s captivity lived a day of fasting for him. "Who is in prison can understand what Fr. Gigi is going through. Therefore the prayer and solidarity of the prisoners of Abidjan certainly has a great value. And we hope that it will serve to accelerate Fr. Gigi’s release", said Fr. Ramon to Fides.
Fr. Bernad also wished to promote, on Sunday 18 November, a march, to demand the release of Father Gigi. The march was attended by a good number of faithful. (MP/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 19/11/2018)