EUROPE/ITALY - Father Gigi Maccalli: knowing that he is alive is a message of hope for Holy Easter

Monday, 6 April 2020 missionaries   missionary institutes   kidnapping  


Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Holy Week begins with news that we have all been waiting for for almost 18 months. From a short video released in these hours, it appears that Father Perluigi Maccalli, priest of the Society for African Missions (SMA) is alive. The missionary, kidnapped in September 2018, is apparently still in Mali in the hands of his kidnappers.
"The News fills us with joy and hope. However, we must all remain very cautious. It is information that must be treated with extreme delicacy", said the Superior General of SMA, Father Antonio Porcellato, to Agenzia Fides. "At this time of global health emergency, let us continue to keep our faith steadfast, to pray and wait with the hope that this Holy Easter will bring Father Maccalli's release as an immense gift". (AP/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 6/4/2020)