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“It was there that they handcuffed me to a tree. It was a very uncomfortable moment. I wept, and I cried out to God ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'”
Yet, despite his confidence in the government, the bishop warned that “we have to be on our guard, nonetheless, as the reactions of the fundamentalist Muslim extremists are unpredictable.”
Not even 23 seconds long, the video appears to have been recorded by the priest’s abductors as proof of life and may indicate the possibility of negotiations for the liberation of this missionary.
The missionary said that he is living this first anniversary of his brother’s abduction “in a state of mind that cannot be put into words,” in a state of mind that cannot be understood except by someone who has “experienced this reality in his own flesh.”
“It was in Mali of course that the Colombian Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti was abducted in February 2017; she is still being held prisoner today. And so we are fearful that the abduction of Padre Pierluigi could likewise drag on for a long time,” the missionary said.