Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/13/2014 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Bishop, along with three parish priests spared execution by Islamist extremists

Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa, along with three parish priests in Central African Republic narrowly escaped being executed by Islamist rebels.  The bishop says that he and the priests were abducted during a parish visit.

'I was taken to the colonel, who accused me of ruining his plan to regain Bossangoa and putting defamatory statements against him on the internet,' Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa told reporters.

"I was taken to the colonel, who accused me of ruining his plan to regain Bossangoa and putting defamatory statements against him on the internet," Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa told reporters.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/13/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Central African republic, bishop, execution


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I was taken to the colonel, who accused me of ruining his plan to regain Bossangoa and putting defamatory statements against him on the internet," Nongo-Aziagbia told reporters.

"The rebels removed my pectoral cross and episcopal ring. Then my three priests and I were brought to Sidot to be killed . But our convoy was stopped thanks to intervention by the international community and the commander of the local military area of Seleka, a general, who did not agree with the execution order," the bishop said.

Find out how you can fill the gaps to end world hunger - by going here!

The latest abduction came a week after a priest was shot dead in the nearby town. Father Christ Forman Wilibona was killed by Seleka militants in Bossangoa on Good Friday.

It's indicative of the turmoil which continues to grip Central African Republic, where thousands of people have died and up to 1.5 million people have been displaced by violence. Arab-speaking Islamists, known as Seleka, began an offensive in December of 2012 following the toppling of the government of former President François Bozizé.

While the Seleka coalition was declared dissolved in September and a new president was inaugurated the following January, clashes have continued with groups from a mostly Christian militia, known as Anti-Balaka.

The upheaval here continues to roil in spite of the deployment of 2,000 French and 5,000 African peacekeepers.

Kim Pozniak of Catholic Relief Services, the aid agency of the US bishops' conference, said she feared the planned deployment of 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers in September would be too late to safeguard the Central African Republic's crucial planting and harvest seasons. "Many people are too afraid to work in their fields. If they don't plant now, there won't be a harvest and things will get much worse," she said.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Africa

JOINING FORCES: Algeria and Niger work together over national security Watch

Image of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger's head of state Mohamadou Issoufou, pictured, have joined forces on security issues.

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger's head of state Mohamadou Issoufou have joined forces on security issues. A three-day visit, begun this past weekend allowed the two countries to agree on further cooperation. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Boko Haram closes in! Nigeria loses critical military city to the savage terrorism group Watch

Image of Boko Haram takes control of strategic Nigerian city on it's path to attacking Maiduguri.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Boko Haram seized control of Nigerian city, Monguno on January 25, after launching a simultaneous attack on Monguno and the capital of Borno, Maiduguri. Both cities are in the corner of Nigeria, near the borders of Chad and Cameroon. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


HOPE FOR PEACE: Much work remains in order to bring peace, stability to Mali Watch

Image of Officials aim to stimulate dialogue and settle the crisis in Mali.

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

Malian expert Ahmed Aghama says stability must be reintroduced into the region. "Mali must recover its stability to enable the country's society to regain its cohesion, so it becomes imperious to extremist thesis. Anyway, there is no alternative," he adds. ... continue reading


NO IMPROVEMENT: Egypt falls far in protecting female population, report says Watch

Image of Egyptian authorities had failed to prevent, investigate and punish violence against women and girls, according to a new report.

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Token legal reforms have failed to end widespread public, domestic and state violence against women and girls in Egypt, who face sexual abuse, mob attacks and torture in custody, a rights group report said on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite ... continue reading


'Tip of the iceberg' Boko Haram leader warns MORE DEATHS are coming in latest video Watch

Image of Leader of the dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"This is just the beginning of killings," warns Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau in Boko Haram's latest rant video. Following Boko Haram's most deadliest massacre, killing 2,500 people in Baga, the terrorist group is after those who have shown pity on France and the ... continue reading


Criminal network roils in the Sahel: Arrests made by Algerian law enforcement Watch

Image of The investigations of the A.N.P. or People's National Army of Algeria have led to the arrest of criminals operating in the Sahel region.

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

The investigations of the A.N.P. or People's National Army of Algeria have led to the arrest of criminals operating in the Sahel region. Operating in the areas of Tamanrasset, Bordj Badji Mokhtar and Guezzam in the Sixth military Region, twelve smugglers - ... continue reading


Algerian army standing fast against tide of terrorism Watch

Image of Accomplished

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

The Algerian army, confronted by the harsh realities as experienced in the Sahel and Nigeria, with large swathes of land under the iron fist of jihadists, remains steadfast in its stance against terrorism. The eradication of terrorist groups is essential in ... continue reading


More than a million Nigerians may have been forced to flee due to Boko Haram, U.N. says Watch

Image of The militants' attacks may force even more people to flee, both internally and to Cameroon, Niger and Chad, which could destabilize the region.

By Misha Hussain, Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than one million people may have been forced to leave their homes in northern Nigeria by the five-year-old insurgency of Islamist sect Boko Haram, a United Nations agency said. DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The militants' attacks may force even more ... continue reading


BOKO HARAM MARCHES ONWARD: Attacks in Cameroon cause thousands to flee for their lives Watch

Image of Troops from Chad began to arrive on the same day, to support their fight against the militants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ten thousand Cameroonians have fled with their lives after incursions from the dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram along the border regions with Nigeria's Borno State. The Islamic militant group has massacred over 2,000 people in two northeastern towns over the ... continue reading


When will the West wake up? Nigerian Bishop says only Western powers can defeat Boko Haram and save Christians from genocide Watch

Image of Boko Haram has waged a war of terror in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, often targeting Christians and killing them or burning down their houses of worship.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, who leads a diocese in north-eastern Nigeria, says that the only way in which Boko Haram -an Islamist terrorist organization operating in northern Nigeria - can be defeated is by intervention from Western powers. LOS ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 10:1-10
1 So, since the Law contains no more than a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10, 11
2 He pulled me up from the seething chasm, from the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 3:31-35
31 Now his mother and his brothers arrived and, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 27th, 2015 Image

St. Angela Merici
January 27: When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter