We must raise $1,488 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

People in Central African Republic being killed ‘like flies,’ says prelate

Catholic World News - July 25, 2013

The leading prelate in the Central African Republic has again denounced the violence that has accompanied the rule of the Islamist rebel movement Seleka, which gained power in March.

“I can't remain silent while the sons of this country are the victims of the worst kind of barbarism,” Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui preached at a Mass commemorating the first anniversary of his episcopal ordination. “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,” the 46-year-old prelate added during his July 21 homily. “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.”

ACN (Aid to the Church in Need) News reported that the prelate denied he has “political ambitions and power aspirations.”

“I am a shepherd, not a political fighter,” he said. “I dare to hope that one or other person will hear in my voice the Central African people's cry of suffering.”

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 March expenses ($1,488 to go):
$35,000.00 $33,511.96
4% 96%
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
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis 6 hours ago
Our Most Characteristic Vice? 6 hours ago
Recognizing the Noonday Devil 7 hours ago
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? 11 hours ago
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women 12 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13