Sikasso, 11 February, 2020 / 4:35 am (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church in the West African nation of Mali last Friday, February 7 offered special prayers for the safe release of Columbian-born Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, who was kidnapped by jihadists in southern Mali the same date three years ago.
The special prayers including the celebration of Holy Mass were organized in all the nine parishes of Mali’s Sikasso Diocese in the South of the country, the people of God imploring God for the safety of Sr. Gloria, a member of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate who was abducted on February 7, 2017 reportedly by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (SGIM), a branch of Al Qaeda based in the Mali.
Bishop Jean-Baptiste Tiama of Sikasso diocese recounted that the Colombian nun was following the news on television in their living room in the convent together with her two companions when a group of armed men arrived at around 9:30 p.m. on February 7, 2017.
“They claimed they were jihadists and left with Sr. Gloria who was in charge of the community, after forcibly recovering her identity papers,” Bishop Tiama recounted the events that took place in the parish of Karangasso where the Colombian nun ministered.
The Franciscan sisters have been supporting the parish of Karangasso for several years in the social areas such as health, orphanage and women's promotion, as well as in pastoral ministry.