22 January 2013

Congo-Kinshasa: Bishops' Appeal for Release of Three Kidnapped Priests

Kinshasa — "The three Assumptionist Fathers who were kidnapped last October are still in the hands of their kidnappers. The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and, in particular, the Diocese of Beni-Butembo, continues to demand for their release.

"These priests have done nothing to deserve a similar fate. Those who hold them are asked to repent and release them to serve God." This was contained in an appeal launched by the Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo, via a message posted on the website of the local Episcopal Conference, for the release of the three Assumptionist priests: Jean-Pierre Ndulani, Anselme Wasikundi and Edmond Bamutute.

According to FIDES, the three were kidnapped on the evening of October 19 when they were in the parish of Notre-Dame des Pauvres of Mbau, 22 km from Beni and 70 km from the episcopal see of Butembo (eastern DRC). Since then there has been no news about them.

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