AFRICA/NIGER - Father Pier Luigi Maccali: the thorns and flowers of a kidnapping

Saturday, 15 February 2020


Niamey (Agenzia Fides) - "No information, no sign that will help us give a real name to what has happened and to glimpse the path to follow", writes Father Ceferino Cainelli, Provincial Superior of the Society for African Missions, since the kidnapping of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli from the Bomoanga mission (see Fides, 18/9/2018).
"The pain caused by the absence of Fr. Pier Luigi, after a year and five months of his kidnapping, is very much felt. The thorn continues to be present and hurts a lot", writes Fr. Cainelli, who adds that "in the meantime, beautiful flowers of solidarity and hope, of sharing and growth in faith have sprouted".
"One of these is offered by the Diocese of Crema which, since the kidnapping of Father Pier Luigi, gathers every month to show its 'patient and persistent hope' in faith, flower of light and faith, of perseverance in prayer, of prophetic communion, of the Church on the way.
"We missionaries of the SMA - concludes Fr. Cainelli - feel in deep communion with this diocese from which our confrere comes from. We sincerely thank his Bishop, Msgr. Daniele Gianotti, the Missionary Office and the whole Diocesan community, for having involved us every time in these moments of prayer, which encourage and console us, which make us grow as a Church, and that make us share the same mission and the same hope". (CC/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 15/2/2020)