Bamako, 12 February, 2021 / 6:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church is praying for the safe release of a Colombian nun who was abducted by jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda four years ago, leaving behind what has been described as a “beautiful, wonderful project” that sought to increase literacy among women in the West African country.
Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, a member of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, was kidnapped in Southern Mali in the Catholic Diocese of Sikasso where she is said to have impacted the lives of hundreds of women.
In a report to the Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, General Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mali, Father Alexandre Denou said that the Church was holding onto the news it had received earlier in a video from the jihadist group which suggested that Sr. Gloria was still alive.
Fr. Denou recalled that in October 2020, they received good news about Sr. Gloria following the release of the 75-year-old French doctor, Sophie Pétronin, who was her companion in captivity.
“The information we have about Sr. Gloria Cecilia's state of health was provided by former hostage Sophie Pétronin. The release of Sophie and other hostages was a sign of hope for us. It mobilized us again to pray and act for the Sister's release,” Fr. Denou said in a report shared with ACI Africa Thursday, February 11.