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Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez, missionary freed by Jihadist abductors, says goodbye to the Pope

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez is the Colombian missionary who spent four years and eight months as a hostage in Mali.

She was kidnapped by Jihadists in 2017 and released this past October. Sr. Narvaez has been in Rome ever since. Even the Pope was surprised to see her at his General Audience.

What are you still doing here? Did you go to Colombia or not?

When are you going to Colombia?

On the 16th.

Bless me, Holy Father.

May God bless you. You look a lot better. Much better.

Pope Francis had greeted Sr. Narvaez a few hours after she arrived in Rome, at the end of the opening Mass of the Synodal journey.

The Pope also exchanged a few words with the other sisters, and asked about vocations in their congregation.

Do you have novices?

Yes, we have 13.

Work with your novices.

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate run orphanages, health care centers, schools and more in various countries around the world.