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German missionary allegedly kidnapped in Mali

Father Hans-Joachim Lohre (Photo credit Aid to the Church in Need Ireland)

A German missionary, Father Hans-Joachim Lohre, was allegedly kidnapped in the capital Bamako, Mali on Sunday.

While he was preparing to go for the Mass in another part of the city, he disappeared, according to the internal newspaper of the Missionaries of Africa.

65-year-old Father Hans-Joachim belongs to the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, known as “White Fathers.”

The General Curia of the White Fathers in Rome confirmed the disappearance of Father Hans-Joachim Lohre on Sunday.

Police in Mali are investigating the disappearance of the German missionary.

Father Hans-Joachim is teaching at the Institute of Islamic-Christian Training (IFIC) in Bamako and is the head of the Faith and Encounter Center of Hamdallaye. He has been in Mali for more than 30 years.

"The door of his car was open and there were footprints on the ground as though someone had been fighting," Dia Monique Pare, a colleague of IFIC said.

Investigators later found the broken chain of the priest’s cross necklace next to his car.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for his kidnapping.

In 2017, a Colombian missionary nun Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez was kidnapped by an Islamist group and released in October 2021 after four years of being hostage. - With inputs from Vatican News


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