German priest missing in Mali – DW – 11/21/2022

A German priest who has spent around thirty years in the Malian capital of Bamako was reported missing Sunday near an institute where he was giving courses.

Father Hans-Joachim Lohre teaches at the Institute for Christian-Islamic Education. A staff member there said Lohre shares the center’s values that “peaceful coexistence between religions is possible.”

According to a colleague at the institute, he was preparing to celebrate Mass in another part of Bamako when he was kidnapped.

The Bamako bishops’ conference said through a representative, “He is missing. Others say he has been kidnapped.”

There have been kidnappings of clergy in Bamako in the past. A neighbor reported an unmarked black car had been parked in the courtyard of the institute.

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