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Cameroon: Kidnapped missionaries freed

Independent Catholic News | Three Claretian missionaries who were abducted in Cameroon on 23 November, were released safely on 29 November.

The missionaries said in a message: “We thank everyone for the solidarity shown during our captivity. It was no easy experience. In those difficult days our thoughts and prayers went to the Martyrs of our Congregation. For our part we experienced the warmth of your prayers and affection.

“At present we are at our parish in Douala and want to start negotiations for the release of our driver Jerry Berson. We are all alive.

“Although information referred to Jude, Placid, Abel and the driver, there were actually five of us! Fr Yene Anaclet, the local parish priest who came to negotiate our release, was also held by the kidnappers. Now he too has been released and we are all in Douala.”

The Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Maria (Claretians) said in a statement: “We thank God for the release of our missionary confreres abducted on 23 November . We are grateful for all the messages of solidarity, communion and prayers. May God bless us all!”

The missionaries released are: Fr Giuda Taddeo Langhe, Apostolate Prefect and director of Pubblicaciones Claretianas del Camerun. Fr Placide Muntong Gweh, student Abel Fondem Ndia, and Fr Yene Anaclet. The missionaries were abducted by secessionists present in the Anglophone area of the country, on the way to Munyenge with humanitarian aid for the people suffering because of fighting in the area.

In the two English speaking regions of Cameroon involved, violence against men of the Church is increasing. On 21 November Fr Cosmas Omboto Ondari, a Kenyan missionary from the Mill Hill Mission Society of St Joseph, was murdered in Kembong, a few kilometres from Memfe, main town in the Department of South Eastern Province.

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2 comments

  1. no country in recent or ancient history has succeeded in building a solid economy standing on an autochtonous technical and scientific foundation with a spiritual tradition imposed by the enemy.this truth condermn all countries that continue to blindly follow islamic and christian dogma in definitive poverty.economic development is nothing but a way of thinking influenced by peoples spiritual tradition.their thought is framed in line with values rooted in their spiritual tradition.one think that makes christianity and islam to be extremely degenrous is its anti scientific nature.people who believe that a snake actually spoke do not have rational minds to think objectuvely in oder to build an economy base on world reality.

  2. “We thank God” WTF, we are 2018 so when will people realize that their imaginary thing called god does not exist? Children die from hunger every day but there are still idiots who belive in this religious bullshit. If your imaginary friend exist he is big scum to let innocent children die. But for religious fools everything that goes wrong is the fault of that other imaginary thing they call devil.