Pope Francis Continues to Urge Prayers for Central African Republic

In a new video out today, Rome Reports emphasizes Pope Francis’ concern for the people of the Central African Republic:

In the past few weeks, Pope Francis has constantly kept one fragile country in his thoughts, the Central African Republic.
POPE FRANCIS

URBI ET ORBI DECEMBER 25

“Grant peace, dear Child, to the Central African Republic, often forgotten and overlooked. Yet you, Lord, forget no one! And you also want to bring peace to that land, torn apart by a spiral of violence and poverty, where so many people are homeless, lacking water, food and the bare necessities of life.”

The Pope has also expressed his thoughts through Twitter. Most recently, he showed his concern for the country’s situation, with a message written during the extraordinary consistory with other cardinals.

According to the United Nations’ Human Development Index, the Central African Republic stands at 179, out of 187 countries. But it’s not just poverty and a lack of opportunities that holds the country back. For months, a bloody civil war has killed hundreds of people, and uprooted thousands more to neighboring Chad or Cameroon.

The on-going violence makes it harder to bring in humanitarian aid. Close to 2.6 million people, almost half the country’s population, are living in extreme conditions.

MSGR. DIEUDONNE NZAPALAINGA

Archbishop of Bangui (Central African Republic)

“We are speaking in the name of all the people who are still living in abandoned sites and don’t have any recourse. We are asking that a solution is found on the international level so that security returns, so that Central Africans can receive their salaries, and so that cohesion returns and each one of us can rebuild this country that we all love.”

Read the full article here. Watch the video here.

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  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    I recently had an idea that could help immensely in this sort of situation, but I’m not sure who to contact about it, so I’m going to keep just throwing it out into the blogosphere and on social media until it sticks.

    Step 1. Identify the historical wild foods of the people in the region, especially plant based foods, but also feedstock for livestock. Must be *NATIVE* foods, already adapted to the local climate.
    Step 2. Get large amounts of seeds of these foods, and pelletize them along with fertilizer and peat and dirt, with no pellet weighing more than 5 grams.
    Step 3. Just before rainy season, airdrop from 60,000 feet, well above gun range of the war on the ground.

    When food and resources are plentiful, war doesn’t happen. When vegetables and fruits collect and store moisture instead of letting it all run off into rivers headed for the sea, an alternate way to get water from food is created.

    The expensive part is step 3 and I don’t know who to contact about that. Steps 1 & 2 can be used to employ refugees in neighboring countries.

    • lisahendey

      This is very interesting Theodore.. of course I have no idea how you would make it happen but I would think that an email to CRS could be a place to start.

      • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

        Good idea- e-mail sent.

        There is another problem in this situation, but I don’t have a good solution for that. Get people food and water, that’s the first step. Maybe if resources were slightly more plentiful, there’s be less reason for the Islamics to oppress the Dhimini.


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