Synod remarks: Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel said the Synod of Bishops should identify the position of the church “without condemning anybody with different views."
Central African Republic
Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic said their help for Muslim rebels is part of an effort to promote interreligious reconciliation in the war-torn country.
"We're ready to assist everyone in difficulty, whatever their faith or affiliation," said Msgr. Elysee Guedjande, national director of the church's Caritas aid organization.
"The two main fronts aren't only military forces -- they also consist of uprooted and dispossessed people who need to be listened to. The church will come to their aid where it can."
Faith and Justice: "It wasn't all Muslims against all Christians in the country. ... This is not, in fact, a religious war."
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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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