AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - The Bishops' denunciation: "Who benefits from killing men of dialogue like Don Firmin?

Friday, 13 July 2018 bishops   violence   dialogue  

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - "Who benefits from the violence against the Church?" this is what the Bishops of the Central African Republic officially ask in a statement in which they denounce the killing, on June 29, of Mgr. Firmin Gbagoua, Vicar General of the diocese of Bambari .
"It was evidently a murder aimed at those who denounce armed groups", said His Exc. Mgr. Nestor Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia, Bishop of Bossangoa and Vice President of the Central African Episcopal Conference. "Don Firmin was a person in search of dialogue among the communities involved in the violence".
The Bishops thus confirm the first impressions to Agenzia Fides by local sources, according to whom a campaign is underway to silence the voices of dialogue in the Central African Republic, affecting in particular the priests most committed to the search for peace (see Fides 3/7/2018). The Central African Episcopal Conference has also denounced the hate propaganda launched by a self-proclaimed "League for the defense of the Church in Central Africa", which incites Christians to seek revenge for the death of priests in order to attack the Muslim populations (see Fides 12/7/2018 ). This is precisely the opposite of what the priests killed lived and preached in life and an offense and a betrayal of their sacrifice. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 13/7/2018)