Agboville, 10 June, 2023 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast are appealing for “restraint and moderation” amid tensions ahead of regional and municipal elections scheduled for September 2.
In a collective statement issued Sunday, June 4, members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) invite politicians and their supporters to prioritize national interest.
“In view of the tension that is already beginning to mount, we, your Archbishops and Bishops, feel it our imperative duty to call all the sons and daughters of our country to restraint and moderation,” CECCI members say.
They lament the fact that successive crises the people of God in the country have been subjected to in recent decades “have left deep wounds that are difficult to heal.”
“It is everyone's responsibility to do everything in their power to ensure that the blood of our fellow citizens is never shed again,” Catholic Bishops in the West African nation say in their collective statement issued at the end of their 123th Plenary Assembly that took place in the Diocese of Agboville.