|Sierra Leone||REBELS RELEASE KIDNAPPED MISSIONARY||
An Italian missionary priest kidnapped by Sierra Leone rebels more than two months ago has been released and has reached safety in Conakry, Guinea.
The London Tablet reports that 63 year old Fr Vittorio Mosele of the Xaverian Fathers was abducted from the Catholic mission at Kambi in Sierra Leone on 11 February. He told a news agency that a few days after his kidnapping he was taken to the bishop's house in Makeni, which had been occupied by the United Revolutionary Front. He was treated with respect by the rebels and even allowed to celebrate Mass on Sundays in Makeni Cathedral.
His experience of captivity had not been easy, he said, but the only time he had feared for his life was when opposing bands of rebels attacked the bishop's house.
He said that the town of Makeni had not been destroyed, although stores and houses abandoned by their owners had been ransacked and the population had decreased. He said that two other missionaries in Makeni - the Irish Christian Brother Noel Bradshaw and Fr Dominic Kargbo from Sierra Leone - had chosen to stay in Makeni "to continue their service to the needy".
|10:35am 27/4/99 / The Tablet|