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SMA bishop and clergy released in Central Africa
Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia SMA, along with three of his priests, were released safely on Good Friday following their 'capture' by rebels seeking control of the Central African Republic. Bishop Nestor has been a tireless advocate for peace and forgiveness among all peoples in his native land. But, sadly, his and other voices for peace, both Christian and Muslim, are not getting a positive response from some of the combatants.
Late last year unexploded grenades were found in Bishop Nestor's Cathedral in Bossangoa. He has been threatened many times.
And last week, during a tour of parishes to see how the refugees are coping, he was taken hostage but, thank God, was released on Good Friday. Many reports say that the only functioning groups in the country are those associated with the Catholic Church. In Bossangoa there are still tens of thousands of refugees and IDP's sheltering in various missions throughout the diocese as well as in the diocesan seminary. To help provide for our sisters and brothers suffering in Bossangoa diocese - Christian and Muslim - click here.