“Confidence and hope”

Archbishop Ludwig Schick © Angelika Zinzow (KNA)

At the end of his week-long trip to Cameroon, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg praised the commitment of the church and the faithful there. He praised the fact that the Church "always remains with the people despite the dangerous circumstances of life".

"Despite the many political and social problems, Christians in all regions are trying to give people confidence and hope," Schick, chairman of the Commission for the Universal Church of the German Bishops' Conference, said in Bonn on Wednesday. Her service to reconciliation and unity in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious society of the crisis country is "extraordinary and admirable". The Archbishop had said of the 2. until 8. January visited the republic in the west of Africa.

According to the German Bishops' Conference, Schick met with the Cameroonian Bishops' Conference and the Apostolic Nuncio in Cameroon, Archbishop Julio Murat, to discuss the current challenges facing the church there and to learn about the latest political and social developments in the country. In a conversation with the German ambassador in Cameroon, Hans-Dieter Stell, the main topic of discussion had been the conflict between the English-speaking southwest and the French-speaking part of the country, which has been ongoing since 2016. In this context, Schick said he emphasized the church's willingness to mediate between the parties to the conflict.

Church always with the people

He also praised the courage and perseverance of the priests and religious sisters in the remote regions of the country. "The church proves there, too, that it always stays with the people despite the dangerous circumstances of life," Schick said. Your belief in the peaceful coexistence of Christianity and Islam forms the basis for a successful future.

In recent times, the north of Cameroon in particular has been repeatedly shaken by attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. In addition, fighting between the police and the military, which are under the control of the francophone central government, and rebels in the anglophone part of the country has claimed many lives and led to considerable refugee flows within Cameroon and into neighboring countries.

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