Bishop Georges PERRON 
(Bishop of Djibouti, Djibouti)

The local Church of Djibouti is very honoured to have been invited by the Holy Father as member of the Synod for Africa. Although linked to the Episcopal Conference of Latin Bishops of Arab Regions (CELRA) the Church of Djibouti belongs to the continent of Africa and lives in osmosis with its closest neighbours: Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somaliland. Independent since 1977, the Republic of Djibouti has taken its place in the concert of nations: doesn't it have a place in the Security Council of the United Nations this year. The population is 99% Muslim. But the Church, present in the country since the beginning of its history is well integrated with its schools and social centres. Unfortunately, sharing the fever of many countries, Djibouti has know since 1991 insecurity created by ethnic war with its economic and social consequences. If only it could soon reach reconciliation and peace!

The problem of the Church today is relief. In this country where the Church is welcome to work will it be necessary to close due to lack of missionaries, our schools and social centres? I think very sincerely that our presence is beneficial in the sense of bringing Muslims and Christians closer together simply because we live together.

I wish that the Church of Africa, which wants to be missionary, not to forget to ensure to this country its humble presence and devotion.

Original text: French


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