VATICAN - Pope's appeal for Central Africa: "put an end to this cycle of violence"

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 violence  

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - At the end of the Angelus prayer, Sunday, November 1, Pope Francis voiced great concern over a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, announcing his intention to open the Holy Door in Bangui Cathedral during his upcoming apostolic journey to the Country, scheduled for 29 and 30 November.
"The painful events that have worsened an already delicate situation in the Central African Republic in recent days are of great concern. I appeal to all those involved to put an end to this cycle of violence. I am spiritually close to the Comboni missionary fathers at the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Bangui who are assisting many displaced. I express my solidarity to the Catholic Church, to other religious denominations and to the entire Central African Republic as they make every possible effort to overcome divisions and undertake a journey of peace. I reiterate my closeness to the afflicted and tormented nation and urge all Central Africans to be witnesses of mercy and to work for reconciliation. I intend to open the Holy Door in Bangui Cathedral, during the apostolic journey that I hope to carry out in the Country on Sunday 29 November". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 03/11/2015)