CAR’s religious leaders ‘must be empowered’ to restore peace

CAR’s religious leaders ‘must be empowered’ to restore peace
Delegates at an international conference in Senegal called on the international community to do more to strengthen the role of religious leaders in peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic. The conference, which was held in Dakar from 8-11 December, was organised by the International Dialogue Centre, the Network . . . Read More

Central African Republic: where government rule only runs in the capital

Central African Republic: where government rule only runs in the capital
I’m just back from a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) – where there is a sense of emergency again. Security has dramatically deteriorated across the country: President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has failed to establish his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, 18 months after his election. To my surprise, I . . . Read More

CAR’s clerics say ‘war must stop’ as killings continue despite peace agreement

CAR’s clerics say ‘war must stop’ as killings continue despite peace agreement
More than 100 people were killed last week in the Central African Republic (CAR), only a day after a peace agreement was signed by 13 of the country’s 14 armed groups in Rome, brokered by the Catholic peace-building group Sant’Egidio. Rev Nicolas Guérékoyamé-Gbangou, president of the Evangelical Alliance – one . . . Read More

‘Saints of Bangui’ honoured

The 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize has been awarded to the three top religious leaders of the Central African Republic. Sergio Vieira de Mello was the UN’s Special Representative in Iraq, killed when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was bombed in August 2003. Every two years the award goes . . . Read More

CAR clerics plead for ceasefire

CAR clerics plead for ceasefire
Two of the most senior religious leaders in the Central African Republic have issued a joint plea for a truce between retreating militant rebels and vigilantes who have been taking their revenge. “May all the brothers carrying weapons hand over their arms,” said the Catholic Archbishop of Bangui, Msgr. Dieudonné . . . Read More

Three pastors among dead in Central African Republic

Three pastors among dead in Central African Republic
More than 400 people died in three days of violence, according to the Red Cross.World Watch Monitor Three pastors were among those killed in the recent interfaith violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Pastors Raymond Doui, 46, Elisha Zama, 33, and Jean-Louis Makamba, 48, were killed . . . Read More

Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic

Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic
The order for Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé’s arrest seems to have come straight from the very top. President Michel Djotodia, pictured, seized power in a coup in March.Crispin for World Watch Monitor   The already fragile situation for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be worsening. On Tuesday (August . . . Read More

Police arrest pastor for Sunday sermon

Angered by a Sunday sermon, police in the Central African Republic arrested Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé on Tuesday (6 August), releasing him several hours later. Authorities accused Guerékoyamé, president of the Evangelical Alliance in the Central African Republic, of making “excessive and extremist comments” and “striking a blow at the dignity . . . Read More