Pemba, 07 September, 2020 / 11:16 pm (ACI Africa).
The two nuns of the Congregation of St. Joseph Chambery in Mocímboa da Praia in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique who went missing after jihadists attacked a port city in the Southern African country at the beginning of August, have been freed, the Bishop of Pemba Diocese has confirmed.
The two nuns, “Inês and Eliane, who work in the parish of Mocímboa da Praia, after twenty-four days spent in captivity, are back among us,” the Local Ordinary of Pemba, Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa has been quoted as saying in a Monday, September 7 report.
“The nuns are safe and sound,” Bishop Lisboa said in the report and added, “Let us raise together a hymn of thanksgiving to God and let us continue to pray for all those who are still missing, displaced and suffering the consequences of violence and war.”
The Bishop implored, “We ask God’s blessing for Cabo Delgado and to grant the gift of true peace that we need so much!”
Until last week, the whereabouts of the two Brazilian-born nuns was unknown, Fr. Kwiriwi Fonseca of the Diocese of Pemba telling Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that nothing had been heard of the two Brazilian nuns since August 5.