News by email Donate

Suggestions

Haiti Sisters.jpg
ACN
Haiti Sisters.jpg
ACN
World News

Calls for six kidnapped Sisters to be freed

by Premier Journalist

Six religious Sisters from the Sisters of Saint Anne were abducted in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, last Friday by armed assailants, as confirmed by the Haitian Conference of Religious.

The incident occurred while the Sisters, whose identities remain undisclosed, were en route to a university. The armed individuals halted the bus, taking the driver, the Sisters, and an additional passenger to an undisclosed location.

The area where the kidnapping took place is contested by two rival gangs – the Grande Ravine and Village de Dieu gangs. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Bishop Pierre-André Dumas of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne strongly condemned the act, expressing outrage at the lack of respect for the dignity of the consecrated women dedicated to educating and shaping the lives of the young, poor, and vulnerable in society.

Bishop Dumas urged the entire Haitian society to unite in solidarity to secure the release of all hostages, including the Sisters. In a remarkable gesture, he also volunteered to take the Sisters' place as a hostage.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity, has joined the international chorus urging the release of the eight captives. Pope Francis, during the Angelus on January 21st, expressed sorrow over the kidnapping, specifically mentioning the six religious Sisters. He called for their release, prayed for social harmony in Haiti, and appealed to end the prevailing violence causing suffering to the population.

Archbishop Max Leroys Mesidor of Port-au-Prince, speaking to ACN in December, highlighted the significant challenges faced by Haiti, emphasizing the impact of armed groups and the indifference of political actors. He called for international support for disarmament and the country's recovery.

Highlighting the risks faced by Church personnel in Haiti, the tragic death of Sister Luísa Del’Orto, an Italian missionary, occurred in June 2022. Additionally, five priests were kidnapped in 2022, and two in 2023; however, all have been released since then. The situation underscores the broader security concerns within the country.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate