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2014 Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Korea. Closing Mass for Asian Youth Day. August 17, 2014.Photo Credit : Jeon Han Credit: Credit : Jeon Han

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Pope Francis issued an urgent plea Sunday for the immediate release of six nuns kidnapped along with two other people in Haiti’s capital last week. The kidnappers have demanded a staggering $3 million for the safe return of the victims, who were from the Congregation of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne.

“I learned with sadness the news of the kidnapping, in Haiti, of a group of people, including six nuns,” the pontiff said on his X account on Jan. 21. “Pleading wholeheartedly for their release, I pray for social harmony in the country.”

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.