Bangui, 06 January, 2021 / 4:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Young Carmelite Novices in the Central African Republic (CAR) have received a financial boost from the Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, to facilitate their formation to Religious Life.
Confirming the 25,000 Euro contribution towards the formation cost in a Tuesday, January 5 report, ACN leadership noted that the formation had been hugely interrupted by COVID-19 pandemic and violence that has rocked the country during last month’s election period.
The challenges, however, have not impeded the ongoing formation of the Carmelite Novices, according to Fr. Federico Trinchero, the Provincial delegate of the Religious Order, who spoke to the ACN International.
On the contrary, the prayer life of the young Novices has been intensified and their communal life strengthened, ACN reports, adding that the Carmelites “are in any case already well used to emergency situations.”
“In 2013, for example, at the height of the last civil war in the country, there were up to 10,000 refugees living in the extensive grounds of the Bangui Carmel! And so, the Carmelites were well able to take the lockdown in their stride!” the leadership of the Pontifical organization notes.