Missionary priest freed in Philippines after month in captivity
November 12, 2009
Father Michael Sinnott has been released by his abductors after a month in captivity. Both government and Church officials says that no ransom money was involved. Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) helped secure Father Sinnott’s release from the abductors, who may themselves be MILF members.
Upon his release, the Irish missionary priest said he was treated well and hoped to stay in Mindanao, the southern Philippine island where he has ministered for decades. “I have to see my superior yet,” he said. “My plan is to continue as usual. I don’t know if that’s possible.”
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- Captive Irish Priest Released in Philippines (Vatican Radio)
- Irish priest Fr. Sinnott freed after one month in captivity (GMANews.tv)
- Freed priest says Filipino captors wanted money (AP)
- Gunmen kidnap Irish priest in Philippines; Islamist terrorists suspected (CWN, 10/12/2009)
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