IVORY COAST

Diocesan pilgrimage: women of the Catholic Church join forces to pray for peace in the Country

Yamoussoukro (Agenzia Fides) - "Catholic women in the face of politics". This is the theme on which the women of AFEC, the Association of Women of the Catholic Church of the Dioceses of Yamoussoukro and Agboville reflected on the pilgrimage of 4 January to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Paix in Yamoussoukro. This year's annual pilgrimage, in which elections that are causing fears of violence will be held, was aimed at asking God to watch over the Ivory Coast and to tame the hearts of politicians to work so that the elections are carried out peacefully.

In his reflection, His Exc. Mgr. Alexis Touably Youlo, Bishop of Agboville and Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro, invited women to enter the political arena to put themselves at the service of society. "Being a woman is a grace, being a woman is an essential force in all areas. And this constituting force must be put at the service of the common good", he underlined, adding that "women have always been present in the political life of our nations and it is their right to engage in politics but in a serene, responsible and Christian way". Mgr. Alexis Touably Youlo, however, urged women engaged in politics "not to accept being exploited by their political leaders and to ensure that their political commitment does not damage their Christian faith".

Present at this pilgrimage, Father Pacôme N'dé Ndé, national chaplain of AFEC, welcomed the initiative of the Catholic women of Yamoussoukro and Agboville, inviting them to be missionaries of peace and to work for the autonomy of the Church.

Source: fides.org

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