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The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, has appealed for the release of some priests, a religious sister and Christians who were kidnapped in the restive anglophone region of Cameroon that has been plagued by a bloody armed conflict since 2017.

Speaking at the end of mass in the southern Italian city of Matera on Sunday, the pope said he was praying for peace in Cameroon.

“I join in the appeal of the Bishops of Cameroon for the liberation of some people kidnapped in the diocese of Mamfe, including five priests and a religious sister,” he said in a televised address.

“May the Lord give peace to hearts and to the social life of that dear country.”

Source: The East Africa