Burundi’s Catholic Church steps in as leader hangs tough

buruReligion can be brought to bear on politics,

The Sunday service at the hill-top Kiryama church was packed as Catholic Archbishop Simon Ntamwana delivered a sermon,

Addressing a congregation of hundreds in his central Burundi parish, Ntamwana read from the Old Testament story of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah who rebelled against God and brought destruction on his kingdom.

“We cannot choose other paths than those of love and of mutual respect for the principles that govern our country,” he said. MORE