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Canadian nun happy to be free after captivity

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 02, 2014 - 2:23 PM |
From left, Sisters Anne Leonard, Josephine Badali and Arlita Matte, all members of the Congretation Notre-Dame, express their joy as they attend a news conference in Montreal, Monday, June 2, 2014, where they spoke about the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere, who was abducted along with two Italian priests in Cameroon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

From left, Sisters Anne Leonard, Josephine Badali and Arlita Matte, all members of the Congretation Notre-Dame, express their joy as they attend a news conference in Montreal, Monday, June 2, 2014, where they spoke about the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere, who was abducted along with two Italian priests in Cameroon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL - A Canadian nun who has been released after two months in captivity in Cameroon is happy to be free, her congregation said Monday.

Gilberte Bussiere, 74, and two Italian priests were kidnapped on April 5.

"I spoke to Sister Gilberte this morning and her voice was strong and she was happy," said Josephine Badali, leader of the Congregation de Notre-Dame.

"She told me she had seen the doctor and from what we know at the moment, her health is good."

Bussiere, originally from Asbestos, Que., was kidnapped along with Gianantonio Allegri and Giampaolo Marta.

All three had been working as missionaries in Cameroon.

"She asked me to thank everyone who supported her and helped secure her freedom," Badali told a news conference in Montreal.

It is still unclear when Bussiere will return to Canada.

Badali said Bussiere was to meet with the Cameroonian president on Monday.

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