Niamey, 17 September, 2019 / 11:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The whereabouts of the missionary priest, Fr. Luigi Maccalli, who was abducted exactly one year ago (September 17, 2018) in the landlocked West African country of Niger remain unknown.
A member of the Society of African Missions (SMA), Italian-born Fr. Maccalli was kidnapped by unknown people in his Church the night of September 17 2018 in Bomoanga, near the border between Niger and Burkina Faso.
“We are in silence and (in) prayer,” Fr. Salako Désiré, the Superior of the SMA in Benin Niger Province told ACI Africa Tuesday.
With no news about him, Fr. Maccalli’s confreres, family members, and the faithful he ministered to have remained in shock, praying that he might one day be found alive and in good health.
“On Tuesday, 17 September 2019, we commemorate the 1st anniversary of the abduction of our Italian SMA confrere, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli,” the editor of SMA website has noted and added, “It is a sad day for the Society of African Missions, for his missionary brothers, his family and especially for the people of Niger whom Fr. Luigi served with great faithfulness and love.”