Chad expels Italian-born bishop
CWN - October 15, 2012
The government of the African nation of Chad has expelled an Italian-born bishop who had served as a missionary there for 36 years.
The expulsion of 67-year-old Bishop Michele Russo, who was installed as Bishop of Doba in 1989, followed remarks critical of the oil industry.
“The riches, because of human greed, have turned from blessing into curse for the local population,” he recently said. “The natural wealth of Africa should be used to build the future of the daughters and sons of the continent.”
“After 50 years of uncontrolled exploitation, with the complicity of local governments and indifference towards the African people and their future, I think it's time to become aware of these facts,” he added.
In expelling Bishop Russo, authorities said that he had “engaged in activities incompatible with his status.”
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 five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($27,241 to go):
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!