UPDATE: NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana official for an order of Catholic nuns says 10 gunmen kidnapped an 83-year-old American nun from her bed in the west African nation of Burkina Faso and destroyed almost everything in the house where she lived. But Sister Ann Lacour says two other nuns and two young women who were living with them in Yalgo were not hurt and are now safely in the city of Kaya.

Lacour is U.S. congregational leader for the Marianites of Holy Cross in Covington, Louisiana. She says she believes Sister Suellen Tennyson was taken because she’s American, but the kidnappers have not been in touch with the order.


NEW ORLEANS (AP)(April 5, 2022 9:25 p.m.) — The Archdiocese of New Orleans says unidentified armed men have kidnapped an 83-year-old nun who was serving as a missionary in the west African nation of Burkina Faso.

A news release Tuesday quotes Bishop Theophile Nare of the Kaya Diocese as saying Marianite Sister Suellen Tennyson was taken late Monday or early Tuesday by the men, who also vandalized the convent in Yalgo. The once peaceful nation of Burkina Faso has seen a great deal of violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group over the past six years.