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Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy on Sept. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appeals for the Release of Kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appealed for the release of nine Catholics kidnapped in southwest Cameroon.

Formerly detained Father Oliver Opara (left) with Ummi Hassan; Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto (not an abductee); Father Stephen Ojapah; and Hassan Fareed Hassan after the four were released from being held captive by terrorists. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sokoto

Freed Catholic Priest in Nigeria Recounts Details of His Kidnapping by Insurgents

Sep 10, 2022

Father Stephen Ojapah had fallen fast asleep late on May 25 after an exhausting day of parish work when two men with rifles ordered him to get out of bed and follow them.

Father John Mark Cheitnum, left, and Father Denatus Cleopas, right. Photos courtesy of Archdiocese of Kaduna.

Nigerian Diocese Seeking Prayers for “unconditional release” of Two Kidnapped Priests

Jul 16, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has asked for prayers after two Catholic priests were kidnapped Friday, July 15 evening.

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, center, meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Holy Father Kisses Hand of Missionary Cleric Freed after Two-year Captivity in West Africa

Nov 9, 2020

Pope Francis met Monday with an Italian missionary priest who was freed last month in Mali, after having been kidnapped from his Catholic parish in Niger in 2018.