Central Africa A priest assasinated – Easter plunged into mourning

By Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada

Translated by Amanda Bridget Griffin

Montreal, Thursday April 24, 2014 –  It is with much sorrow that ACN has learned of the assassination of Father Christ Forman Wilibona in Paoua, northern Central Africa. On Friday April 18, while on his way home by motorbike, he was seemingly thrown down and likely the victim of mutilations.

The priest, who was a parish priest in the diocese of Bossangoa was buried on-site by local villagers.  His murderers would have been the Bororos – Chadian livestock farmers, long time bandits and allies to members of the Seleka.

We recall two days earlier when Msgr Désiré-Nestor Nongo Aziagbya, bishop of Bossangoa was taken hostage along with three other priests in Butangafo, Cental Africa prior to the Paschal tour and finally being set free on Good Friday, the very day of the assassination.  It was with bitterness in the face of this resurgence of violent acts directed toward clergy that Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, bishop of Bangui, denounced the barbaric acts which may well call into question all efforts for a much desired national reconciliation.

CENTRAFRIQUE-2On the other hand, as did Pope Francis while offering his Urbi et Orbi Easter Message, Msgr Nzapalainga invited all Central Africans and all men and women of good faith to pray for the return of peace and of security to the country and to open their hearts to dialogue and reconciliation.

He also called on the government to oversee the disarmament of all militias and for the right of free circulation of all persons across the entire territory.


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