Marie Pierre Coppens
ROME (LNC) — Bangui, a week long had almost returned to be “la coquette” (the Beautiful) she was in the past. the moving and successful visit of Pope Francis needed a deep cleaning of the capital of the Central African Republic, because since Bokassa, the city has now become an open slum. But that came with a cost.
Major works in streets, garbage cleaning usually laid across roads, the cathedral turned beautiful as ever, and further renovations. Bangui prepared as a bride to honour the Pope. But who paid for the expenses?
The Central African Republic, a country chronically in ceased payments, could not carry out maintenance work in its capital. So, After investigation, Vatican took on its own the whole financing, estimated at 15 billion CFA francs!!
France has been requested to feed, but, as being vociferously opposed to such trip, she disdained. Pope Francis whatever insisted on coming to CAR, and granted his green light.
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