.- Bishops and Catholic leaders from West Africa concluded a two-day meeting last week by reaffirming their commitment to work for an end to the violence plaguing the region.

“[T]he Church cannot remain insensitive to the magnitude and the consequences of the drama in which populations are plunged,” said participants in the meeting.

“We reaffirm our commitment to collaborate with all people of good will so that, in an emergency, we will put a stop to the killings and the displacement of the populations, that their causes are eradicated, that the victims are not abandoned on their own, but that their material, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual care is insured.”

They also pledged to work for “effective conflict prevention, and lasting peace and sustainable living, especially through the practice of dialogue, justice and reconciliation.”

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