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Prominent Anglophone Bishops Call for Respect of the Sacredness of Human Life

National Times – Two Prominent Cameroonian Bishops have called on warring factions in the ongoing Anglophone crisis, especially the Cameroonian government, to respect the sanctity of human life.

In a  Pastoral Letter written by  Archbishop Cornelius Esua, and Bishop Michael Bibi, of Bamenda, both Bishops emphasized that “Human life is the most sacred gift with which God, the author of life, has endowed the human being. Right from creation humanity has been called to share in the divine life because ‘God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27).”

The Letter was published on Ash Wednesday March 6. The Letter adds to the Catholic Church prominent voice in both denounce human rights abuses in Cameroon, as well as looking for solutions to end the crisis.

According to the Bishops, “Since the beginning of the crisis of the Anglophone Problem which escalated on 21 November 2016 there has been increasing and rampant profanation and disrespect of human life and the dignity of the human person….Violence has become common place because of the frequent confrontations between the military and the secessionists…The dignity of the human being is rubbed in mud. Hospitals and health facilities are vandalised for reasons hard to explain.”

“We call upon all the faithful and people of good will to pray together, reason together, decide together, and act together, so that the truth may prevail and the sacredness and the dignity of human life be respected. May each and every one of us become what Saint Pope John Paul II referred to as “promoters of a new way of looking at life” (E. V., n. 99). In the face of the present crisis let each and everyone repeat the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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