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Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the press conference in CAR's capital Bangui 5 October 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Bangui

Vatican Did Not Give Funds “to help victims of mutinies”, Cardinal in CAR Faults Report

Vatican has never sent funds intended to help victims of the 1996/1997 mutinies in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Archbishop of Bangui has sought to clarify, faulting a newspaper report.

Participants at the Rome meeting for peace in the Central African Republic (CAR). Credit: Sant’Egidio Community

Rome-based Lay Catholic Association Facilitating “ceasefire, dialogue” in CAR

The Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has facilitated an agreement to end hostilities and pave the way for dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR).

A poster of the film documentary titled “Sìrìrì (Peace), the Cardinal and the Imam” Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Documentary Film “a true representation of the situation in CAR”: Cardinal

The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has described the new documentary film that highlights his peace initiatives alongside his Muslim counterpart as an accurate representation of the challenges and opportunities in the country.

Catholic Priest in CAR Nursing “serious injuries” After Mission Vehicle Hits Landmine

A Catholic Priest in the Central African Republic (CAR) is nursing “serious injuries” at a mission hospital after the vehicle he and two others were travelling in hit a land mine Wednesday, May 5.

New Bishop of CAR's Diocese of Mbaiki, Jesús Ruiz Molina, MMCJ / Catholic Diocese of Osma-Soria, Spain

Auxiliary Bishop in CAR Appointed Local Ordinary of Country’s Mbaiki Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of Bangassou Diocese in the Central African Republic (CAR), Comboni Missionary Jesús Ruiz Molina, as the new Local Ordinary of the country’s Mbaiki Diocese.

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra greets crowds in CAR’s capital city, Bangui.

Insecurity in CAR Bars Three Bishops from Accessing Bangui for Plenary Meeting

The rising insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) has prevented three Bishops from their colleagues for the first annual Plenary Assembly taking place in the country’s capital, Bangui, a source in the country has told ACI Africa.

MINUSCA peacekeepers securing the Headquarter of the National Elections Authority, the Central African institution in charge of the organization of the 2020-2021 elections. / MINUSCA

Pope Francis Calls for “fraternal, respectful dialogue” in CAR amid Disputed Election

Pope Francis has called on the warring parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to seek a “fraternal” and “respectful dialogue” to resolve disputes arising from the disputed December 27 general elections.

Perpetual vows of two young Carmelites at Bangui, Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel December 20, 2020. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

International Catholic Charity Donates Towards Formation of Novices in CAR

Young Carmelite Novices in the Central African Republic (CAR) have received a financial boost from the Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, to facilitate their formation to Religious Life.

After Elections, CAR Population Facing Uncertainty, Living “in fear, anxiety”: Bishop

A week after general elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), a Bishop ministering in the landlocked nation says the country’s population is living “in fear and anxiety” due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing confrontation between armed rebels and the military forces.

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with president Faustin Archange Touadera.

Ahead of Elections in CAR, Bishops Caution against Armed Political Alliances

Ahead of general elections slated to take place Sunday, December 27, Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, cautioned against political alliances comprising armed groups.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the concluding Eucharistic celebration for CAR’s Annual National Pilgrimage Saturday, December 5. / Facebook Page Archdiocese of Bangui

Laxity in COVID-19 Preventive Measures, Political Manipulation Concerns in CAR: Cardinal

The laxity in adhering to COVID-19 preventive measure and political manipulation ahead of elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) are two concerns that the country’s Cardinal has highlighted.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga with late Imam Omar Kobine Lamaya.

Cardinal in Central Africa Pays Tribute to Imam Who Worked to Unite Christians, Muslims

The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has eulogized the late Imam Omar Kobine Lamaya, acknowledging his tireless work for unity and as one who had “respect and appreciation” for all people.

The headquarters of the  International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands. / website International Criminal Court (ICC).

Report Outlines Purpose of Project Set for Violence Survivors in Central African Republic

Details of what a project established to restore the dignity of those who have survived acts of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) seeks to achieve have been outlined in a report published Monday, October 12.

Logo International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE).

African Bishops Join Worldwide Call to End Abuse by Multinational Corporations

Catholic Bishops from across Africa joined more than 110 Prelates from different parts of the world to appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, which they say, has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Map showing countries around the world with ongoing conflict amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls for Ceasefire amid COVID-19 Disregarded in Cameroon, CAR, Nigeria: Church Leaders

Calls for ceasefire amid COVID-19 crisis in areas of armed conflicts by world leaders including the Holy Father  and the United Nations Chief have been disregarded in Africa, various Church leaders have testified.

President Faustin Archange Touadera during the meeting with stakeholders of various institutions in the country, including Catholic Church leaders.

Stakeholders in CAR Consult to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 with 5 Confirmed Cases

With just five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Central African Republic (CAR), stakeholders of various institutions in the country, including Catholic Church leaders, held a meeting to consult on ways to prevent the spread of the deadly virus that is claiming precious lives in other parts of the world, including African nations.

Measures Prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid the spread of COVID-19

Government Officials in CAR, São Tomé, Reach Out to Church Leaders over COVID-19

As many nations struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with reports of at least 30 African countries with confirmed cases, government officials in the Central African Republic (CAR) and São Tomé and Príncipe have reached out to Church leaders in their respective nations to help sensitize the population to avoid the spread of the virus.


In CAR, “violence has dropped dramatically”: Cardinal on 2019 Truce

A year after the signing of a peace agreement between the Central African Republic (CAR) government and 14 non-state armed groups, a Cardinal who has been instrumental in the peace process in the landlocked nation says the truce has been largely kept and the violence has significantly dropped.

Members of the Women's Union of Indigenous Congregations of Central Africa (UFCAAC) at the conclusion of their 33rd General Assembly in Douala, Cameroon. / UFCAAC

Leaders of Indigenous Female Religious Orders in Central Africa to Foster Reconciliation

At the conclusion of the 33rd General Assembly of the Women's Union of Indigenous Congregations of Central Africa (UFCAAC), that brought together Major Superiors of indigenous religious congregations in central Africa, participants resolved to foster reconciliation in the region.

Children in the Central African Republic being sensitized on the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable persons.

CAR Church Admits Sexual Abuse Cases, Sets Up Commission to “sensitize Church leaders”

The Church in the Central African Republic (CAR) has admitted to incidences of sexual abuse of minors and has responded by taking steps toward the safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons by setting up a commission to examine cases of abuse.