Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - A village called Pope Francis as a meeting place for the various religious communities of the Central African Republic. This is the project that is being studied by the Vatican delegation of experts for Central Africa, in collaboration with the Center for Religious Confessions of Central Africa (PCRC).
"The Pope declared Bangui the spiritual capital of humanity. He opened a holy door in Bangui. It was the first time in the history of the Church that a holy door was opened outside the Vatican", said Martin Nkafo Nkamitia, Director of the Department of Studies for the Promotion of Central African Cultures and head of the Vatican delegation of experts for Central Africa. "These are insights that cannot be ignored. That is why we have thought of creating a permanent memory of Pope Francis’ visit to Central Africa, a village that will be the meeting point of all the religious communities in Central Africa. It is a big project but we will succeed", he said.
The project of the "Pope Francis" village was presented to the President of Central Africa, Faustin Archange Touadera, and to the mayor of Bangui, Blaise Nakombo, on the occasion of the appointment of Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, as Cardinal.
Pope Francis’ visit to Africa from 29 to 30 November 2015 (see Fides 28/11/2015) has had a strong impact in the Country, especially in the field of interreligious relations, thanks also to the Pope’s visit to the displaced persons welcomed in the Central mosque of the PK5 district. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 20/4/2017)