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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Kidnapped missionary reunited with family
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¬†Fr Beppe Pierantoni, the Italian Sacred Heart missionary released after being held captive by kidnappers in the Philippines for 172 days, was reunited with his family on Sunday, the Missionary news service report. Fr Beppe was met at Rome airport by his parents, Giorgio and Giuseppe, his sister Cristina, the ambassador of the Philippines to the Holy See, Frank Alba, a representative from the Philippine Embassy in Italy, Eleanor Jaucian and the general vicar the Sacred Heart Fathers, Fr Umberto Chiarello. Appearing happy and calm, Fr Beppe said he wanted to repeat that he had been treated very well by his abductors. He said: "I wish to underline ≠ I was treated as a man of God and I can assure you that my abductors respected me." He told reporters he had been in good health throughout his captivity and used the time to pray more. Fr Beppe is staying in Italy for a short break and then plans to return to Mindanao, where he has been working for ten years. "I want to return to the Philippines," he said, "it is improbable that they would kidnap the same priest twice".
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