Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2018 / 00:45 am
The bishops of the Central African Republic have set aside a day of mourning and a day of prayer for victims of ongoing violence in the country.
December 1 will be a day of mourning. The date is significant, as it marks the anniversary of the Central African Republic's establishment as a republic after French colonial rule.
In a communique, the bishops urged "men and women of good will to refrain from celebrating 1 December as a sign of mourning," according to Vatican News.
On the following day, the first Sunday of Advent, prayers will be held in memory of the victims of violence in the country. The bishops said all donations collected on this Sunday will be given to support victims and their families.