Thursday, July 25, 2013

C.A.R. must not be abandoned!

When Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga (46) of Bangui preached on 21 July at the anniversary of his ordination, his distress was palpable.

"I can't remain silent while the sons of this country are the victims of the worst kind of barbarism.

"I can't remain silent while Central Africans are being tortured and killed, squashed like flies.

"I can't remain silent while our mothers and sisters are being raped.

"I can't remain silent while the dignity of the Central African is being trampled underfoot, while innocent people are being robbed, while the just and well-earned fruit of our country is being destroyed and looted as though we were in a house of cards.

"I can't remain silent when impunity reigns and a dictatorship of arms is being set up.

"I dare to hope that one or other person will hear in my voice the Central African people's cry of suffering."

See:
People in Central African Republic being killed ‘like flies,’ says prelate
Catholic World News, 25 July 2013

Other new and important articles on the crisis in Central African Republic.

‘Beelzebub inhabits hearts in this country’ 
Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic
By Jonathan Luxmoore, for catholicherald.co.uk
Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Fear stalks Central African Republic after rebel takeover
Saudi Gazette, 20 July 2013

Central African Republic: Seleka Forces Kill Scores, Burn Villages
UN Security Council Should Sanction Abusive Seleka Leaders
Human Rights Watch, 27 June 2013

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Elizabeth Kendal is the author of
Turn Back the Battle: Isaiah Speaks to Christians Today
(Deror Books, Dec 2012)