The Catholic church in the Central African Republic pleaded for firmer action by United Nations-backed peacekeepers after an attack left the parish priest and at least 14 worshipers dead.
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Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic praised the courage of missionary priests and nuns who remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.
"That most have remained here is the greatest act of witness our church has given," said Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa, Central African Republic.
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