Abidjan, 22 June, 2021 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has gifted a Rosary to the country’s former President, Laurent Gbagbo, who returned to the West African nation after close to a decade in exile.
Mr. Gbagbo who was acquitted of crimes against humanity two years ago at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague took part in the celebration of Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral Abidjan Sunday, June 20.
In a symbolic gesture to welcome the former head of State back to the Catholic Church, Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa offered him a Rosary and urged him take part in the ongoing reconciliation efforts in the counry.
“By giving you this Rosary, I entrust you to the Virgin, because the train of reconciliation is on the tracks but this train must go to the station of peace. The Virgin will accompany you so that this mission of reconciliation will be a reality for the whole of Ivory Coast,” Cardinal Kutwa said June 20.
On June 17, Mr. Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast, some 10 years after he was taken to the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity, BBC News reported.