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Churches April 2012

Asia – History of dialogue

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  In 635, an East Syrian missionary team, under Alouben, reached Chang’an (now Xian), the T’ang capital of China. The emperor financed the construction of the first Christian church in China. Other churches and monasteries came up in due course. Several Christian works were published, among them “Jesus-Messiah Sutra.” A certain Bishop Adam was known…

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Egypt – Baba Shenouda

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  Pope Shenouda III, 88, head of the Egyptian Coptic Church and one of the most important personalities in Middle Eastern Christianity, died on March 17. He guided the Coptic Church since 1971, during a difficult time when Christians in Egypt faced recurring bouts of violence and the radicalization of the Muslim Brothers. For two…

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Land/2 – Vision for South Africa

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  This is part two of a longer article, see part 1 here. Land is recognized not as a mere commodity but as our mother, the locus of life, God’s gift to all, of which we are responsible custodians. The land is used in a respectful and caring way, for present and future generations. The…

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Land/1 – Land reform

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  The South African Catholic Bishops Conference has recently published a document on land reform. The bishops write about an issue which has wider implications and is a live topic in many other countries. We present here a slightly abridged version of the document. The year 1994 held high hopes for many people in South…

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Advocacy

Advocating For Intelligent And Sustainable Earnings.

There is no consistent and successful advocacy but the one founded in strong credibility. Credibility is the quality or power of inspiring belief; it can…

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Baobab

The Ambitious Ants.

Ants are the busiest creatures in the world. Every ant has a full time job, with no holidays and no half-days off Ants like to work,…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Our young people are our foremost mission”.

In his fourth apostolic journey to the African continent, visiting Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Pope Francis said to young people: “keep dreaming and moving forward”. In…

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