CAR is in need of the integration of “the rule of law, constitutional order, democratic pluralism and the liberation of the territory from illegal armed groups,” they say, adding that such integration would “free the energies of the nation's living forces to accept political pluralism, cultivate tolerance, emphasize merit and true regional integration and international cooperation.”
CECA members go on to urge religious leaders in the country to “instill a sense of moral commitment in believers in order to live their faith coherently.”
This way, they say, citizens of CAR will better serve their nation by working for the common good.
“Our adherence to God must stimulate us to assume our duties as responsible citizens and for the recovery of our country,” they say.
The Bishops further call on young people in the country to put their strength in the reconstruction of the nation saying, “CAR needs young leaders capable of impacting the areas of socio-economic and political life through a solid commitment to work well, the creation of wealth, the honest acquisition of goods, the rigorous management of the common good without letting others decide for you.”
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They add that if the young people “give an important place to the life of prayer, communion with God will strengthen and consolidate in you the necessary forces for your commitment to reconciliation, justice and lasting peace.”
“May the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Peace and Mother of the Church, strengthen our love for our homeland for a more responsible commitment to peace, stability and development in CAR,” the Catholic Bishops implore in their June 27 statement shared with ACI Africa.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.