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Vatican cardinal: prayers for peace in the Central African Republic

Catholic World News - January 07, 2013

As rebel groups vie for power with the government of the Central African Republic, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has sent a message to the nation’s Catholics.

“The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is following with particular attention the situation in your country,” wrote Cardinal Fernando Filoni. “Concerned about the events that have taken place in recent days, it expresses its spiritual closeness and invites you to cherish the hope for peace that was made to humanity by the Child of Bethlehem, Jesus, the Emmanuel, because as the Holy Father Benedict XVI stressed in his message for the World Day of Peace, ‘Peace is not a dream, not a utopia: it is possible.’”

Cardinal Filoni continued:

Ensuring our prayers for the victims of this situation of violence and their families, I appeal to their sense of responsibility, so that through dialogue, the only effective means for the restoration of lasting peace, this cycle of violence is put to an end that only increases the misery of these people who have suffered too much. May Jesus, the Prince of Peace, open the hearts of all Central Africans to accept this precious gift of God to humanity.

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