Mopti, 26 July, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Priest in Mali who was freed on July 13 after spending close to a month in captivity has, in a report, attributed his release to the series of prayers, including the Holy Rosary, which the people of God offered while he was being held by his abductors.
“Thanks to your prayers and blessings on every side, you now have me once again among you to continue with the mission of Jesus Christ,” Fr. León Dougnon says in the report that the Pontifical Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), shared with ACI Africa Monday, July 26.
Fr. Dougnon who was addressing the faithful in the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Sévaré, some 12 km from Mopti town on July 18, the Sunday following his release has been quoted as saying, “I was lost, and have been found. I was dead, and I am alive again.”
“I did not think I would ever see you again”, the member of the Clergy of Mali’s Mopti Diocese has been quoted as saying in reference to the day he was kidnapped, on June 21, adding, “Ever since that day, you set in motion a chain of prayer.”
“Thank you again and again for everything you have done for me, for my family, for the family of the faithful. Thank you, thank you so much!”, Fr. Dougnon reiterated during his July 18 encounter with faithful after regaining freedom from his abductors.