Pope Francis once again calls for peace and dialogue in the Central African Republic. This Wednesday, January 6, after blessing the believers from a distance, the sovereign pope wanted to invite the country’s leaders to do everything possible to avoid violence in the country. A country he had visited five years ago.
With our Vatican correspondent, Eric Sénanque
Once again, the Central African Republic is the core of the sovereign pope. It was after the Angelus prayer that was uttered without the believers and in front of the cameras that Pope Francis would launch a new call for reconciliation.
“I am following closely the events of the Central African Republic, where the recent elections were held, during which the people expressed the desire to continue with the voice of peace. I therefore call on all parties to a fraternal and respectful dialogue, to push back hatred and avoid any form of violence ”.
Central African news has been closely followed for several years in the Vatican. The pope has often addressed the country’s situation in his promises and repeatedly urged people to return to the path to peace.
In November 2015, in a Central African republic that was subsequently torn apart by interfaith violence, François went to Bangui for a two-day visit. He especially urged Central Africans to fight “fear of the other”.
A year later, he made the Archbishop of Bangui Dieudonné Nzapalainga the youngest of his cardinals, a man praised for his willingness to dialogue with all components of Central African society.