Libreville, 06 July, 2023 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Gabon have announced two days of national “prayer and penance” for peaceful general elections in the Central African nation scheduled to take place in August.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, July 6, members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (CEG) call for active participation in the two-day spiritual exercise set to begin on Friday, July 7.
“In the prevailing social context, and conscious of the challenges of the times for our country Gabon, we declare Friday 07 July 2023 and Saturday 08 July 2023: days of prayer and penance for our country,” CEG members say in their statement dated July 5.
They add, “During these days, we wish to implore the mercy of God the Almighty Father for all the victims of the tragedies recorded during this year, so that kidnappings, blood crimes and injustices cease, and for the smooth running of the elections in a climate of peace, truth, justice and transparency.”
Making reference to Prophet Ezekiel, Catholic Bishops in Gabon say, “The community of Christians recognizes itself to be truly and intimately in solidarity with the human race and its history.”