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Churches April 2013

Let us break the chains!

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  The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters) are commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Campaign against the Slave Trade in Africa begun by their founder, Cardinal Lavigerie Charles. Our correspondent in Rome talked with Fr. Richard Baawobr, Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa.…

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Madagascar – A good friend

  Father Pedro Pablo Opeka is a Lazarist missionary who was born in 1948 in a suburb of Buenos Aires. He has always worked with the poor, in Argentina at first, then, since 1975, in Madagascar. Here he founded the humanitarian association Akamasoa (‘good friend’ in the local language) which has helped some 500,000 people…

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Pope Francis – Expectations from around the world

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  We asked some bishops, local priests, and missionaries around Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, about their expectations from a Pope coming from the world’s south. A struggle for democracy and freedom, communion with the poor and the defenceless, commitment to dialogue among faiths and ethnic communities: this should be the basis…

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Pope Francis – A light to the poor people on earth

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  Meeting the needs of the poor, a simple lifestyle, evangelic freedom, openness to dialogue. These are some of the features of the new pope according to Monsignor Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto (Italy). What can be said about Pope Francis’ first acts?I think he wanted to send, from the beginning, a message of unity,…

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Advocacy

The Bribris of Costa Rica: Preventing Escalation of Violence and…

The Bribris are a native people of about 11,500 in total, established in Costa Rica for centuries, some think for 5,000 years. They live on…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Boy.

Long ago and far away there was a wealthy man who had several wives. Of a sudden, this man learned that his town was to be…

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Youth & Mission

Empowering African Youth.

Young people in Africa today face many different challenges and circumstances.  These engender both hope and hopelessness among them, depending on their  particular context and on…

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