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Fidei Donum Priest Kidnapped

Fidei Donum priest kidnapped

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Agenzia Fides - published on 11/14/13

A French priest was kidnapped in Cameroon yesterday by suspected Nigerian men from the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

A French priest, Father Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped in Cameroon, yesterday, 13 November, around 11.30 pm local time, says Mgr. Henri Djonyang, Vicar General of the diocese of Maroua, Mokolo to Fides Agency.

The priest was taken while he was in the parish of Nguetchewe, about twenty kilometers from the border with Nigeria.

"The kidnappers spoke English, Houssa and Kanuri," said Mgr. Djonyang. It is suspected that the kidnappers come from Nigeria and are men of the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

"Fr. Vandenbeusch is a Fidei Donum priest of the Diocese of Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris. He has been here for about three years and is primarily committed to giving shelter and support to the families of refugees from Nigeria," said the Vicar General.

"We are in contact with local authorities but at the moment we have no further information," he concludes.

Originally published by Agenzia Fides on 14 November 2013.

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