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Bishops condemn Ivory Coast violence

Catholic World News - January 27, 2011

The bishops of the Ivory Coast have issued a statement condemning the violence that has afflicted the nation since President Laurent Gbagbo refused to recognize Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the November presidential election.

“In the name of the dignity of the human person dear to God, we condemn the violent deaths carried out,” the bishops said. “It is also in the name of respect for human life that we oppose the use of force, violence, and every type of weapon to resolve the Ivorian post-electoral crisis.”

17% of the nation’s 20.8 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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