Central African Republic
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This needs our prayers more than anything else.  In recent weeks, Islamist rebels who assumed power in the Central African Republic in March have kidnapped the rector of the cathedral in the nation’s capital as well as the archdiocesan chancellor.

Calling members of the new regime “religious extremists with evil intentions,” Bishop Albert Vanbuel of Kaga-Bandoro decried “the deliberate program of desecration and destruction of religious buildings, especially Christian ones.”

“Throughout the country, the Catholic Church has paid dearly, with many buildings damaged,” the Belgian missionary bishop added.

Aid to the Church in Need reported that some Christians have abandoned their homes for the countryside following attacks.

The nation of 5.1 million is 50% Christian and 15% Muslim; approximately half of the Christians are Catholic. 35% of citizens retain indigenous beliefs.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=17931
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