- Dec 8, 2019
Christians in Chad are being intimidated and forced from public life, under new rules prioritizing Islam in violation of the North African country’s secular foundations, according to the Catholic Church.
Years of conflict with the Islamist Boko Haram and other militant groups have imposed a “heavy burden” on people in the Lake Chad region of Africa, according to the Catholic Relief Services’ country representative in Nigeria.
Catholic bishops in Chad have called for a referendum to decide on constitutional reforms that could see Idriss Déby Itno stay in power until 2033.
Religious leaders in Chad can’t accept failure as the country faces a political crisis, according to the country’s top Catholic bishop.
The Archdiocese of N’Djamena, Chad, is seeking thirteen million dollars to reconstruct their cathedral, which was damaged nearly 40 years ago during the country’s civil war. The archbishop first made the appeal at the end of June, when he went to the Vatican to receive his pallium on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Once largely confined to Nigeria, the violence associated with the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is now spilling into neighboring countries such as Niger and Chad, creating a humanitarian nightmare for humanitarian groups such as Catholic Relief Services.