(RNS) — The abduction of two Roman Catholic priests in Congo is raising concern over the number of hostages held by local militias in the troubled country.

The Rev. Charles Kipasa, left, and the Rev. Jean Pierre Akilimali. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Earlier this month, the Rev. Charles Kapasa and the Rev. Jean Pierre Akilimali were abducted from the Parish of Notre Dame in the Butembo-Beni Diocese. They have not been seen since.

Armed raiders entered the parish, looted a vehicle and motorbike and beat up seminarians before fleeing with the two priests, according to news reports.

“The kidnappers are demanding

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