Kidnapped Priest in the Philippines Released

Columban Father Michael Sinnott, who was abducted Oct. 11 from his home in the Philippines, was released early Thursday.

MANILA, Philippines (Zenit.org) – Columban Father Michael Sinnott, who was abducted Oct. 11 from his home in the Philippines, was released early Thursday by the intervention of a Muslim group.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group, answered an appeal for help from the Filipino government, with which it had been locked in violent conflict resulting in hundreds of deaths only months ago.

Leaders from the group found the kidnappers and pressured them to release the missionary priest, who was being held for a ransom that was set at $2 million. The captors did not receive any money, and authorities are working to verify their identities.

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