Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon 2 months after abduction, officials say

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ROME - Italy's Foreign Ministry and the Vatican say two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been freed two months after they were abducted in northern Cameroon by armed groups.

The Vatican said Pope Francis was quickly informed Sunday that the Roman Catholic missionaries were free.

Gianantonio Allegri, Giampaolo Marta and Gilberte Bussiere were kidnapped in early April.

The Italian Foreign Ministry thanked Canadian and Cameroon authorities but gave no details of how the abduction ended.

Bussiere, 74, originally from Asbestos, Que., taught in Quebec for two decades before leaving for Cameroon in 1979 and had been there ever since working as an educator.

The priests were assigned from the Vicenza diocese in northern Italy.

with files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Foreign Ministry, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Italy, Vatican, Cameroon ROME Northern Cameroon Asbestos Quebec Vicenza

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