Xavier Yombandje

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François Xavier Yombandje (Koumra; July 9, 1956) is a former Central African Roman Catholic bishop.

Yombandje was born on July 9, 1956 in Koumra, Chad. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1997 he became bishop of Kaga-Bandoro and in 2004 of Bossangoa. He was chairman of the Central African Episcopal Conference.

Yombandje resigned from his pastoral duties on May 16, 2009 after a Vatican investigation found that many local priests had violated their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Yombandje was also specifically cited for having a common-law wife. A few weeks later the archbishop of Bangui, Paulin Pomodimo, resigned as well.[1][2]


  1. ^ Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republic’s priests over celibacy violations CatholicCulture.org (retrieved March 7, 2011)
  2. ^ Central Africa: “Priests strike” in protest at the resignation of the archbishop of Bangui Documentation Information Catholiques Internationales (retrieved March 7, 2011)

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