“May the hearts of Chadian men and women receive this message of peace and not be troubled, for the Easter season brings promises of rebirth and victories: the victory of light over darkness, of peace over violence, of reconciliation over all conflicts that threaten the dignity of human life and the stability of our country,” the Bishops say.
They go on to call for “profound conversion” amid the violent conflicts in the country saying, “The situation that our nation is going through in these difficult times concerns all of us and requires from every Chadian a profound conversion, a true change of heart; gateway for achieving reconciliation and lasting peace.”
Making reference to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, CET members note, “Those who work for tranquil social coexistence should never forget that inequality and lack of integral human development make peace impossible. Indeed, without equal opportunities, different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and eventually explode.”
They continue in reference to n. 235 of Fratelli Tutti, “When a society – whether local, national or global – is willing to leave a part of itself on the fringes, no political programs or resources spent on law enforcement or surveillance systems can indefinitely guarantee tranquility.”
In a televised address April 20, army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said, “The National Council of Transition reassures the Chadian people that all measures have been taken to guarantee peace, security and the republican order.”
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Making reference to the army spokesman’s message, Chad’s Catholic Bishops say, “The transition should be conducted with strict respect for the constitutional order.”
“The Church Family of God in Chad will not fail to make its contribution to the success of this inclusive national reconciliation dialogue,” CET members further say in their April 22 collective statement.
They “invite the Catholic faithful and all believers to intensify prayers so that God will instill in the hearts of each Chadian the will for dialogue, reconciliation, brotherhood and peace.”
“Then we will be able to better resist the demons of violence and thus build a New Chad,” the Bishops say, and implore, “May Our Lady of Peace, Patroness of Chad, intercede with us and for us.”
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.