Libya Frees Catholic Bishop

Associated Press

The Roman Catholic bishop who was seized by armed Libyans last week was freed today, the Vatican announced. Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, 44, was released along with three priests and a nun who were being held with him, spokesman Joaquin Navarro said.

Martinelli reportedly was seized in the coastal city of Benghazi last Thursday for questioning by a “revolutionary committee.” Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi said on Monday evening, before the U.S. bombing raid, that he had personally intervened to gain Martinelli’s release.