January 28, 2013

A Catholic bishop in war-torn Mali said “people are hiding in their homes, unable to venture out.”

Bishop Augustin Traore of Segou, Mali, told Catholic News Service by telephone: “Although our churches are still intact, people are becoming afraid to enter them.

Our entire Catholic culture will clearly be in danger if this conflict drags on.

Until the havoc caused by the French bombing ends and the hostilities cease, no one will be in a position to know what has happened.”

The country’s churches could face destruction if conflict continues, said Traore whose diocese lies in the path of Islamic insurgents.