AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Cardinal Kutwa announces a march for peace ahead of the October elections

Friday, 24 January 2020 peace   youth  

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "Let us go towards peace" is the theme of the march for peace called by His Eminence, Cardinal Jean Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan, which will take place on February 15th.
Over 20,000 young Catholics are invited to take part in the first march of its kind in the history of the Catholic Church in the Ivory Coast, a few months before the presidential elections considered at high risk. In their Message published at the end of the 114th Plenary Assembly, held from 13 to 19 January, the Bishops expressed their concern for the socio-political situation in the Country a few months before the presidential elections in October, and launched an appeal for national pacification (see Fides, 21/1/2020).
"The march will be an opportunity for young people and women to raise awareness about peace and pray for elections to take place peacefully", said Cardinal Jean Pierre Kutwa in a statement.
The march will start in the early morning from Place de la République on the Abidjan Plateau to reach Saint Paul's Cathedral where a message of peace will be delivered.
The march will take place two years after the gigantic gathering of young people from the diocese of Abidjan at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium on March 4, 2018, which saw the participation of about 35,000 young people. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/1/2020)