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Sr Gloria Cecilia Narváez’s witness

God’s closeness in the silence of the desert

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29 October 2021
The daily recital of Psalms in the few moments of freedom granted by her captors to take some steps in the desert. The certainty that many were praying for her well-being, together with the respect of the guards and the discrimination she experienced as a Catholic sister. All this was part of the four years and eight months of detention of Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a Franciscan of the Mary Immaculate, kidnapped by jihadists in Mali on 7 February 2017 and released on 9 October, this year. Sister Gloria spoke to Vatican Media about her experience and what sustained her hope during captivity. How did you feel the closeness of people who prayed for you? In every moment, I was sustained by faith. I was not afraid about what would perhaps happen to me. I knew that God sustained me, that the entire Church, my co-sisters and the ...

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