Bamako, 24 November, 2022 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
For over 30 years, Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre has been a keen champion of religious cohesion in Mali, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said, expressing “pain and concern” over the November 20 disappearance of the Catholic Missionary Priest in a suspected kidnapping incident by jihadists.
In a Wednesday, November 23 report, ACN highlights Fr. Hans-Joachim’s deep commitment to inter-religious dialogue in Mali and recalls how the member of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) has also, for long, been the foundation’s contact person in the West African nation.
“The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) expresses its pain and concern over the disappearance and likely kidnapping of missionary Hans-Joachim Lohre – or Ha-Jo, as he is known – in Bamako, the capital of Mali, where he has worked for over thirty years,” ACN says in the report.
It adds, “The German priest went missing on Sunday, November 20, after celebrating mass in a convent of nuns in the same city, according to sources from the White Fathers, as the Missionaries of Africa congregation is known.”
There is no more information regarding the disappearance, ACN notes, and adds, “But everything points to a kidnapping, since the missionary’s car was found abandoned and the cross he always carried with him was on the ground. However, nothing is known about who took him, or why.”