Armed men kidnapped Sister Cecilia, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate and a Colombia native, in Karangasso, about 90 miles south of San, Feb. 7, 2017.
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Sister Gloria, a member of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, was kidnapped in southern Mali in 2017.
Despite having two bullet holes pierce her bedroom wall on March 24, Mother Cecilia says she’s doing “very well” and that there is “no doubt in my mind that St. Michael and our guardian angels are watching over and protecting us at all times.”
The pontifical foundation noted that the pandemic has worsened the nuns’ already “extremely difficult” situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country already suffering from ethnic conflicts, insecurity, armed incursions from neighboring countries, kidnappings and rapes.
Many women discerning religious life with communities of religious sisters or nuns in the United States are having to settle for tentative plans as their summer or fall entrance dates to their communities are fast approaching.
‘Contemplatives, as men and women immersed in human history and drawn to the splendor of Christ,’ says Pope Francis in Vultum Dei Quarere, ‘are set in the heart of the Church and the world.’
The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are receiving attention, and support, from the U.S. after Vatican News published their story.