Plea for Peace in the Central African Republic

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 6, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II today called for a halt to the civil war in the Central African Republic, and urged decisive steps toward peace.

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“From the Central African Republic we are receiving worrying news of the confrontations taking place in that beloved nation, especially the painful trials to which the capital, Bangui, is subjected,” the Holy Father said at the end of today´s general audience.

“For my part, I am with those peoples and I ask all combating groups to lay down their arms and cooperate in the restoration of a climate of concord in the country,” the Pope added.

Since May 28, troops loyal to President Angel Félix Patassé have been trying to quell the uprising of a rebel army unit that attempted a coup d´état. Food supplies have been disrupted in that nation of 3.5 million people.

John Paul II asked the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter´s Square “to pray with me to the Lord so that he will infuse in hearts thoughts of peace and reconciliation.”

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