Pope Francis Greets Released Nun

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, Pope Francis greeted Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a Colombian nun affiliated with the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate after four years of captivity with a Malian Islamist group.

During the meeting, Pope Frances blessed Sis. Narváez Argoti before a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

According to the Malian president’s office, Sis. Narváez Argoti was released by the militants on Oct. 9. Cardinal Jean Zerbo of Bamako said, “We prayed a lot for her release. I thank the Malian authorities and other good people who made this release possible.”

Sister Gloria was kidnapped on Feb. 7, 2017 in Karangasso, about 90 miles south of the town of San, near the border with Burkina Faso. Forced to surrender the keys to the vehicle she was driving, Sister Gloria was taken to a house with three other sisters.

Initially, the kidnappers only wanted to take the youngest, but courageously Sister Gloria volunteered to take her place. 

Prior to her abduction, the Colombian nun had served in Mali for 12 years. Working as part of a community running a large health care facility, as well as a home for some 30 orphans.

Earlier this year, she was allowed to give proof that she was alive with a handwritten note.

In the 11-line message sent to her brother Edgar she said, “I send everyone my warmest greetings. May the good Lord bless you and grant you health. I have been a prisoner for four years and now I am with a new group.” 

Additionally in her message, she said, “May they all pray a great deal for me. May God bless them all. I am hopeful that God will help me to regain my freedom.”

Source: National Catholic Register