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Catholic Church in CAR

Diocesan Caritas Director in CAR Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese

Feb 23, 2024

The Director of Caritas in the Catholic Diocese of Bouar in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese, which is under the pastoral care of 69-year-old Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: LANOCA

Catholic Bishops in CAR Denounce “sterile rivalry between Clerics and Laity”

Jan 16, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have denounced the differences and competition between members of the Clergy and the Laity in the country and are calling for “co-responsibility” in the mission of the Church.

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga blessing an elderly man. Credit: ACN

Cardinal Touring War-Torn Communities in CAR to Instil Hope among “abandoned” Villagers

Dec 15, 2023

The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been going around the country, engaging with members of communities, who have been abandoned, assuring them of his closeness.

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Catholic Archdiocese in CAR Issues Directives for Prayer Vigil, Day of Fasting for Peace

Oct 27, 2023

In response to Pope Francis’ appeal for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the world, the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) has issued directives to guide the faithful during the Friday, October 27 initiative.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the Wednesday, October 25 press briefing by Synod delegates. Credit: Vatican Media

Women at Core of Church Governance in CAR: Cardinal

Oct 26, 2023

Though not officially constituted in the ranks of the Catholic Church, women in the Central African Republic (CAR) play a significant role in the affairs of the Church in the country, Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui has said.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the launch of the new pastoral year in the Archdiocese of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). Credit: LANOCA

New Pastoral Year Launched in CAR Archdiocese, Cardinal Urges Faithful to “get involved”

Sep 26, 2023

The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to “get involved” in the Church’s pastoral mission of evangelization as he presided over the launching of the Pastoral Year in his Metropolitan See.

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World Day for Migrants: Cardinal in CAR Urges Demolition of “walls of selfish comfort”

Sep 25, 2023

On the occasion of the 109th World Day for Migration and Refugees (WDMR), marked Sunday, September 24, the Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the people of God under his pastoral care to work towards ending attitudes of selfishness and indifference. 

The mortal remains of late Archbishop Joachim N’Dayen, the first African Catholic Archbishop of Bangui Archdiocese in the Central Africa Republic (CAR). Credit: Courtesy Photo

First African Archbishop of Bangui Archdiocese in CAR Eulogized as “a man of peace”

Jul 7, 2023

Archbishop Joachim N’Dayen, the first African Catholic Archbishop of Bangui Archdiocese in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), who was laid to rest on Friday, July 7 has been remembered as “a man of peace”.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: Medias Catholiques Rca Centrafrique  ·

Constitutional Referendum Not a Priority for CAR: Catholic Bishops to Government

Jun 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have faulted the government for its decision to hold a constitutional referendum at a time when the country grappling with life-threatening issues, including economic and socio-political challenges. 

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: CECA

“Today, more than ever”: CAR Catholic Bishops on Need for Church-State Peace Networking

Jun 26, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have underscored the need for collaboration between the Church and the State to realize peaceful coexistence among the citizenry. 

Late Archbishop Joachim N’Dayen, first African Catholic Archbishop of Bangui Archdiocese in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) who passed on 13 June 2023 in Paris, France. Credit: Courtesy Photo

First African Catholic Archbishop of CAR’s Bangui Archdiocese Dies in France at 88

Jun 13, 2023

Archbishop Joachim N’Dayen, the first African Catholic Archbishop of Bangui Archdiocese in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), has passed on in Paris, France after a protracted illness. He was aged 88.

Fr. Arialdo Urbani survives mine explosion at a Catholic Mission in the Central Africa Republic (CAR). Credit: LANOCA

Italian Catholic Missionary Survives Second Mine Explosion in Central African Republic

Apr 25, 2023

An Italian missionary who was involved in the April 16 mine explosion at a Catholic Mission in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) had escaped a similar incident two years ago.

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga with IDPs. Credit: ACN

Church in CAR Encouraging Catholic Couples to Evangelize in Country’s Troubled Areas

Apr 24, 2023

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic (CAR) is risking to access volatile areas troubled by violence, the country’s Cardinal has said.  

Fr. Norberto Pozzi, a 71-year-old Italian Priest who recently lost his foot following an explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR). Credit: Agenzia Fides

The Four Times That Catholic Missionary Priest in Mine Explosion Escaped Death in CAR

Mar 27, 2023

Details have emerged of how Fr. Norberto Pozzi, a 71-year-old Italian Priest who recently lost his foot following an explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR) had survived three separate attacks.

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“There was no kidnapping”: Catholic Bishop on Reported Abduction of CAR Cardinal

Mar 20, 2023

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic (CAR) was not abducted, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said, and faulted media reports that a ransom has been paid to secure the release of the Archbishop of CAR’s Bangui Archdiocese.

Fr. Norberto Pozzi. Credit: ACN

Missionary Priest Injured in CAR Mine Explosion to Undergo Second Amputation in Italy

Feb 22, 2023

Fr. Norberto Pozzi, a Missionary Priest who sustained injuries in a mine explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR) has traveled to Italy to have his leg amputated in an operation that has been described as “very complicated”.

Fr. Norberto Pozzi. Credit: ACN

Catholic Missionary Priest Injured in CAR Mine Explosion Undergoes Surgeries, Amputated

Feb 15, 2023

An Italian-born Catholic Priest has undergone numerous grueling surgeries, eventually losing his leg after he sustained injuries in a mine explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Fr. Norberto Pozzi. Credit: Monte Carmelo Di Loano/Facebook

Carmelite Missionary Priest Injured in Mine Explosion in CAR Responding to Treatment

Feb 13, 2023

A member of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers ministering in the Central African Republic (CAR) who sustained injuries when the car he was traveling in on February 10 detonated a land mine is responding to treatment.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality “great moment of ecclesial communion”: Catholic Bishops in CAR

Jan 21, 2023

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality offer an opportunity for “ecclesial communion” among the people of God in the Central African Republic (CAR),  Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in CAR Highlight Country’s Challenges, Advocate for Security Reforms

Jan 17, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have highlighted challenges the country is facing and called on the government to spearhead reforms in the security sector to guarantee the safeguarding of the lives and property of citizens.