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Vatican says 'no evidence' of video showing kidnapped priest alive

June 06, 2016

The Vatican has dismissed a report that a former Islamic terrorist, now acting as a police informant, is prepared to supply a video proving that a priest who disappeared in Syria in 2013 is still alive.

The former jihadist, who was allegedly a member of a "sleeper cell" plotting bombings in Germany, had said that he could arrange for the release of a video showing Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, the Italian missionary who is believed to have been seized by Islamic militants in Syria in July 2013. But unnamed Vatican sources told the ANSA news agency that there is "no evidence" such a video exists.

Although Church officials have repeatedly said that they believe Father Dall'Oglio is alive, there have been no reliable reports on his whereabouts or his welfare since his disappearance.  

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