Mass. Pastor Kidnapped in Egypt Back in US

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The Massachusetts pastor who was kidnapped in Egypt is back home.

The Eglise de Dieu de la Pentecote congregation was on hand to celebrate the return of Rev. Michel Louis and church member Lissa Alphonse at Logan International Airport.

The two were abducted from their tour bus on July 13, while on the way to see the sixth-century St. Catherine's Monastery in the Egyptian Sinai, with about two dozen others from Boston-area churches.

The kidnapper, Bedouin Jirmy Abu-Masuh, said he took them because Egyptian authorities had jailed his uncle. But he set them free after authorities promised to work on releasing his relative.

Recounting his story to the Boston Globe, Rev. Louis said he was never worried he would be killed.

"I just sat quietly and looked at them because I knew God wasn't going to let me down," he told the Globe.

Following their release, Louis and Alphonse re-united with their church group in Israel and returned home Sunday.

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