Ignace Bessi Dogbo of Katiola speaks on the situation in the Ivory Coast after Pope Francis’ appeal on Sunday. The Bishop also invites all Ivorians to embrace peace and dialogue amid the situation of unrest in the country.
Pope Francis, during the Sunday Angelus, expressed his closeness to the Ivory Coast, which celebrated its National Day of Peace amid rising social and political tensions that have caused many victims. He also encouraged the country’s political actors to “re-establish a climate of mutual trust and dialogue” in order to bring out solutions that protect and promote the common good.
Welcoming the Pope’s appeal, the President of the Ivorian Bishops’ Conference (CECI), Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo of Katiola, Fr Jean Pierre Bodjoko, SJ, said that Pope Francis’ words on the situation in the Ivory Coast were received with much gratitude, especially as the Pope called for collaboration, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in the country