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Canadian nun freed in Africa

Italy's Foreign Ministry and the Vatican say a Canadian nun and two Italian priests have been freed two months after they were abducted in northern Cameroon by armed groups.

The Vatican said Pope Francis was quickly informed Sunday that the Roman Catholic missionaries were free.

Gianantonio Allegri, Giampaolo Marta and Gilberte Bussiere were kidnapped in early April.

The Italian Foreign Ministry thanked Canadian and Cameroon authorities but gave no details of how the abduction ended.

Bussiere, 74, originally from Asbestos, Que., taught in Quebec for two decades before leaving for Cameroon in 1979 and had been there ever since working as an educator.

"It is with great joy that the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame have learned, earlier this morning, of the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere and fathers Marta and Allegri," the congregation said in a statement on its website Sunday.

"We wish to thank those who have made this release possible."

"Sister Gilberte is reportedly in good health and she has been taken to Yaounde, where Sister Thelma Renaud, Leader of the Notre-Dame-des-Apotres (Cameroon) Region of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, will be welcoming her."

The priests were assigned from the Vicenza diocese in northern Italy.

— with files from the Associated Press


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