Mali’s Catholic Church has said it hopes to obtain the release of a kidnapped Franciscan nun (above) after her Islamist captors issued a video showing her pleading with the Pope to help save her life.

Mgr Noel Bernard Coulibaly, a Caritas director, said the Church had set up telephone and WhatsApp connections in case her captors got in touch.

“We’re still praying daily for her,” he said.

Turkish leader makes rare Rome trip

Pope Francis met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday. It was the first time in 59 years a Turkish president had visited the Vatican.

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