FOR THE POLITICIANS – THAT THEY MAY NOT FOSTER HATRED BETWEEN THE RELIGIONS
“O King whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save man whom you made from clay.”
COME QUICKLY, LORD. COME, O SAVIOUR!
GRANT US PEACE
“ Turned out that Selekas demand for all refugees to come back home but there’s no guarantee. The problem is not the Muslims. They, the Selekas, are the killers. They are the ones who throw dead bodies in the river, who even took it up on me and the Red Cross because we went looking for them. Seleka arrests and tortures people, Seleka threatens. It’s the Seleka that beats up people and steals from them, Seleka who places barriers illegally with the excuse of protecting: the truth is that they want to exact a tribute from everybody. Their only interest is to protect their own pockets. They forced people to flee, made them escape here and since August demand all food and supply trucks pay them a fee. We have no issues with Muslims, nor Pelus. Our doors were open to anyone in need, we give food to refugees here in the Mission and in the Mosque. Our problem is with you, the Selekas.”
Testimony of Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, Carmelite missionary in Bozoum
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Text by Maria Lozano, ACN International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada