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Central African Republic
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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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Speaking to a meeting of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration and staff members of church agencies that deal with migrants, Guterres said the church is vital to helping victims of situations such as the volatile upheaval in the Central African Republic.
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There is a brutal war going on in the Central African Republic which gets little notice in the media.
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.