ACI Africa, Feb 16, 2023 / 13:45 pm
An Italian-born Catholic priest has undergone numerous grueling surgeries, eventually losing his foot, after he sustained injuries in a land mine explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The Catholic pontifical and charity foundation Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN) reported that Father Norberto Pozzi, a 71-year-old member of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers, was injured when the car he was traveling in drove over a mine, causing it to explode, on his way to Bocaranga, a city northwest of CAR’s capital, Bangui.
According to the charity foundation, Pozzi was the only passenger who was seriously injured in the car he was traveling in during the Feb. 10 incident.
In a Wednesday, Feb. 15, report, ACN noted that the missionary Catholic priest ministering in CAR “has already undergone several emergency surgical operations,” adding: “In the most recent one, on Monday [Feb. 13], doctors were even forced to amputate his left foot.”