Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Burundi’s bishops urge nation to turn back from ‘abyss of war’

Catholic World News - December 14, 2011

Burundi’s bishops are urging government and opposition forces to “avoid the abyss of war,” even as the United Nation’s leading envoy there offered an optimistic assessment of the nation’s future.

“We invite you to forcefully reject war and everything that could plunge back into violence in our country,” the bishops said in their Christmas message. “If we do not commit ourselves to doing everything in our power, there is a risk that the country falls into the horrors of another war, while they are still open wounds.”

Conflict between the Hutu and the Tutsi left 160,000 dead in 1972-73 and at least 150,000 dead between 1993 and 1996.

“In recent times, murders and massacres have passed all measures,” the bishops wrote. “It goes beyond ordinary crimes, such as those arising from the robbery, by land conflicts and of interest: the country is threatened by bloody crimes for political reasons and of which one accuses all parties in conflict.”

“People are kidnapped, only to be murdered, thrown in rivers, without leaving any trace, even to the point of mutilating them in order not to be recognized,” they added.

The nation of 9.9 million is 67% Catholic.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,844 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,156.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 3 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 8 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8