central african republic

Central African bishops criticize ‘complicit’ politicians, church attacks

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic urged international peacekeepers to act more effectively and condemned attacks on churches and the "manipulation of religious feeling."

Churches attacked, crisis worsens in Central African Republic

OXFORD, England — A Catholic aid worker warned of a worsening crisis in the Central African Republic, as church centers are attacked and more armed groups fight over territory and resources.

"Perhaps the situation is better in Bangui, the capital, but elsewhere conditions are deteriorating dramatically as conflicts multiply," said Christophe Droeven, country representative for the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services.

Stable elections in Central African Republic bring chance of peace

OXFORD, England — The head of the Central African Republic bishops' conference said the country's new president has a "real chance" of restoring peace and paid tribute to Pope Francis for helping create conditions for stable elections.

At Bangui mosque and Mass, pope prays for 'salam,' peace

Pope Francis arrived for a meeting with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 30. "Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God Himself," Pope Francis said at the meeting.

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Pope Francis ended his visit to the violence-torn Central African Republic with cries for peace and pleas for a mercy that seeks and grants forgiveness.

In a country where political and ethnic rivalries also have split the population along religious lines, Pope Francis began Nov. 30 with a visit to the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui.

Pope in Bangui: Open the doors of mercy, counter violence with love

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths Nov. 29 at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic.

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis urged the people of the Central African Republic.

"Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held high, and be ready to brave blows in this battle over which God will have the last word. And that word will be love and peace," the pope said in an evening homily Nov. 29 at Bangui's cathedral.

Comboni priest hopes pope's visit will stop violence in Central African Republic

Peacekeeping troops escorted a humanitarian aid convoy in mid-February in Bangui, Central African Republic. A Comboni missionary in the country, recounting the violence taking place around his parish in the capital, expressed hope that Pope Francis’ planned visit would open people’s hearts to God’s love and “renew the face of this beautiful country drenched in blood.”

VATICAN CITY -- A Comboni missionary in the Central Africa Republic, recounting the violence taking place around his parish in the capital, expressed hope that Pope Francis' planned visit would open people's hearts to God's love and "renew the face of this beautiful country drenched in blood."

Comboni Father Moses Otii Alir's description of the violence around Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bangui was posted on the Comboni website Nov. 6. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Bangui Nov. 29-30.

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