Minister St-Pierre welcomes the release of Sister Gilberte Bussière

QUÉBEC CITY, June 1, 2014 - Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie Christine St-Pierre expressed great satisfaction on behalf of the Government of Québec over the release Saturday night of Sister Gilberte Bussière, originally from Asbestos, and two Italian priests.

The nun and two priests were abducted from the village of Tchéré, Cameroon, on April 5. The event provoked outrage in many countries. According to information currently available to the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Sister Gilberte has been taken to Yaounde where she will be met by Sister Thelma Renaud, leader of the Notre-Dame-des-Apôtres (Cameroon) Region of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.

“I was overjoyed this morning to learn of Sister Gilberte Bussière’s release, especially since I have been told that she is in good health. I plan to speak with her as soon as possible, but have already been in touch with congregation officials who confirmed Ms. Bussière’s state of health. My thoughts are also with her family, colleagues and all those close to her. I truly hope that they will be able to overcome this painful experience," said Minister St-Pierre.

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