Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 20 October |
Saint of the Day: St. Paul of the Cross
Aleteia logo

Catholic bishop offers sanctuary to Muslim refugees at seminary

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/31/17

From the BBC: 

A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has given refuge to 2,000 Muslims who are living in fear of attacks from a mainly Christian militia.

Juan José Aguirre Munoz says that the refugees cannot leave the seminary’s compound in the south-eastern city of Bangassou. He told the BBC that the refugees “risk death” from anti-balaka militias. The UN’s humanitarian chief warned last week of possible genocide. Stephen O’Brien said that violence in CAR was escalating and the situation was becoming dire. “Violence is intensifying, risking a repeat of the devastating destructive crisis that gripped the country four years ago,” he said. Mr O’Brien added: “The early warning signs of genocide are there. We must act now.” …Bishop Munoz says that the refugees sought help at the seminary after fighting broke out in May, and have since been under the care of the church and aid organisations. “Nearby, there are anti-Balaka militias who prevent them from going out to search for food, water or firewood,” he said. “So they are completely confined inside the seminary. They would risk death if they venture out,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.  Bishop Munoz said that the refugees needed to be relocated because many aid organisations have stopped working in the area. “For us, there’s no such thing as a Muslim person or a Christian person, everyone is a human being. We need to protect those who are vulnerable.”

Read it all. 

Photo: PeriodistaDigital.com 

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
difficult people
Zoe Romanowsky
How to love people you don’t really like
2
saint teresa of Avila
Zelda Caldwell
Now there’s a computer font based on St. Teresa of Avila’s handwr...
3
AVENIDO BROTHERS
Agnès Pinard Legry
Three brothers ordained priests on the same day in the Philippine...
4
SQUID GAMES
Philip Kosloski
How the violence in ‘Squid Game’ can impact your soul
5
Philip Kosloski
A scientist describes the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima
6
JUAN ELIAS MEDINA
Kathleen N. Hattrup
A martyr’s last letter to his mother
7
Theresa Civantos Barber
How following Christ is like falling in love
See More