Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bishop describes kidnapping, narrow escape from death, in Central African Republic

Catholic World News - April 24, 2014

A bishop who was kidnapped by rebels in the Central African Republic last week has told the Fides news service that his captors fully intended to kill him. Bishop Nestor Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa told Fides that the leader of an armed group that abducted him and three other priests on April 16 accused the bishop of opposing the Seleka rebels, and was taking the clerics away to be killed when another rebel leader intervened. The bishop and his priests were released on Good Friday and returned to their homes.

However, rebels killed another priest of the Bossangoa diocese, Father Christ Forman Wilibona, on Good Friday. Bishop Nongo-Azigbia told Fides that Seleka rebels control most of the area in his diocese.

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 September expenses ($32,869 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,131.25
94% 6%
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!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Apr. 29, 2014 11:04 AM ET USA

    This is a serious situation that must be taken just as seriously. It would appear that we have a president who is overly sympathetic to Islam because both his father and stepfather were of that religion.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 24, 2014 9:38 PM ET USA

    The bishop obviously didn't hear Cardinal McCarrick state, "“Many people are trying to make life impossible for Muslims.”

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Challenging Times? 8 hours ago
Reality 101: The fat between our ears 10 hours ago
Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO September 1
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29

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