LONDON — Father Lawrence Jenco had a surprise reunion today with another former hostage, the Rev. Benjamin Weir, and kept a pledge to deliver a message from his Lebanese Muslim kidnapers to the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.
He later told reporters that he felt like the film character E.T., who kept saying, "Home, home."
"I want to go home," the priest said.
Jenco, 51, of Joliet, Ill., was released Saturday in eastern Lebanon by the Shia Muslim kidnapers of the Islamic Jihad group after 19 months of captivity.
The Roman Catholic priest, who suffers from a heart condition and appeared pale and drawn, delivered the message to Archbishop of Canterbury Robert K. Runcie during a private meeting at Lambeth Palace, the primate's official residence. Jenco had delivered the message to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Special Envoy With Him
The content of the message was not disclosed.
He was accompanied during his meeting with Runcie by Terry Waite, the archbishop's special envoy who has made several trips to Lebanon in an effort to gain the release of hostages there.