Marie Voto from Mboko village in Central African Republic participated in trauma healing and peacebuilding training from Catholic Relief Services. The country has faced interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013. (CNS photo/Michael Stulman, courtesy Catholic Relief Services)

As the Central African Republic’s government and the 14 militia groups that control most of the country meet for peace talks, the country’s bishops called on the United Nations to lift the arms embargo imposed on the nation.

Violent groups continue to procure arms illegally, and the only effect of the embargo is that the army has been substantially weakened, the bishops said in a statement at the end of their January…