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.
- Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republic’s priests over celibacy violations CatholicCulture.org (retrieved March 7, 2011)
- 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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