In his sermon last Sunday, 21 July, in the
Cathedral of Notre Dame in Bangui the Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonné Nzapalainga, had clear words to say:
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."
the same time he forgave those who saw him as a "political opponent"
or "wrongly" ascribed to him "political ambitions and power
aspirations". He declared: "I am a shepherd, not a political fighter.
I dare to hope that one or other person will hear in my voice the Central
African people's cry of suffering."
Holy Mass was being held on the occasion of the first anniversary of his
episcopal consecration. On 26 June of this year, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga received the pallium from Pope
Francis together with 33 other Archbishops from throughout the world. Last
Sunday was celebrated in the capital of the Central African Republic as
"Action of Mercy". At the same
time, services were held in many countries for peace in the Central African
Republic. This international day of prayer had been initiated by
the order of Carmelites in Italy, which maintains five missions in the Central
African Republic. The international Catholic pastoral charity "Aid to the
Church in Need" had also invited the faithful throughout the world to pray
on this day for the people of this country as it descended into violence and
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