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Mali: No news of kidnapped nun

Sister Gloria

A Colombian missionary nun, kidnapped in Mali more than six weeks ago is still missing.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, was abducted by a group of armed men by armed men who broke into the church in Sikasso in southern Mali where she was working in the morning on 9 February.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The Catholic Church of Mali has not yet news...

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Syria: 13 kidnapped nuns released

Sisters return

Syrian Christians are rejoicing today in the news that 13 Greek Orthodox nuns and their three attendants were released overnight and returned to Damascus this morning (10 March) in a prisoner exchange deal. The nuns and attendants are understood to be tired but otherwise well, and report that they were generally treated well by their captors.

These nuns and their attendants were abducte...

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Syria: Rebels offer to trade kidnapped nuns for women prisoners

Monastery of St Tecla

The Syrian government is negotiating with rebels to release 12 nuns seized earlier this month from their monastery north of Damascus, two activists said on Saturday. The rebels are demanding that hundreds of imprisoned women activists be freed in exchange for the nuns, they said.

Reports of local ceasefires and other short-term deals have become more common as Syria's three-year-old civ...

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Kenya: hopes grow for release of kidnapped nuns

 Hopes are growing for the release of two kidnapped missionary nuns, following meetings between an Italian delegation and Kenyan and Somali authorities. Sisters Maria Teresa Olivero and Caterina Giraudo from the Charles de Foucauld contemplative movement in Cuneo, were kidnapped on 9 November in El Wak, in northern Kenya. It is now known that they were taken to Somalia. The Kenyan m...

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Kenya: Italian government sends envoy to help release kidnapped nuns

 The Italian government is sending an envoy to Kenya in an effort to speed up the release of two Catholic nuns kidnapped by an armed gang last month, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini announced on Friday. The former foreign undersecretary, Margherita Boniver, will travel to Kenya soon in order to ''heighten the levels of contact'' with the authorities, Frattini said. Boniv...

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Somalia: chaos mounts as search continues for kidnapped nuns

 The international community is once again focusing on Somalia, where the situation in the territory controlled by the National Transitional Government, supported by Ethiopian troops and the African Union, is deteriorating every day. However it is the activity of Somali pirates which is mostly cause for concern, especially after the capture of the supertanker Sirius Star, with 25 me...

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