Bangui, 14 January, 2020 / 10:18 pm (ACI Africa).
The celebration of 125 years since the arrival of the first missionaries in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the legislative and presidential elections preoccupied deliberations during the Catholic Bishops’ first meeting in 2020.
The Prelates who concluded their weeklong meeting Sunday, January 12 recognized the celebration of 125 years of Christian evangelization in their country as the particular context of their coming together and expressed their gratitude to God in a collective statement delivered at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui.
“After 125 years of evangelization, we give thanks to God for his work of salvation in the life of the Central African people through the commitment of men and women of faith,” CAR Bishops stated in their January 12 communique obtained by ACI Africa.
They acknowledged with appreciation those who have shared the Christians faith with the people of God in the country saying, “We pay homage to all the missionaries, religious men and women, lay people, whose witness of faith and dedication has been and still is a model in the building of ecclesial communities.”
The Bishops expressed special honor for those who, in the process of sharing their faith in CAR, “followed Christ on Calvary and bore in their bodies his sufferings as martyrs” saying, “May the grain of wheat, which they have become, bear good fruit in abundance for the greater glory of God and the salvation of our people.”