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Mali’s Catholic church works to free abducted Franciscan nun

February 4th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

OXFORD, England — Mali’s Catholic Church said it hopes to obtain the release of a kidnapped Franciscan nun after her Islamist captors released a video showing her pleading with the pope to help save her life.

“Although we’ve had no contact so far, we’ve set up a special office, with telephone and WhatsApp connections, hoping her abductors will explain how she can be freed,” said Msgr. Noel Bernard Coulibaly, Caritas director in Mali’s southern Sikasso Diocese.

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Sister Francis Paula Bader dies at 94

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ASTON, Pa. — Sister Francis Paula Bader, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 76 years, died Jan. 2 in Assisi House. She was 94 and had served in the Diocese of Wilmington for 30 years.

Services are Jan. 5 at Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pa. A wake will be held at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m..

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