Churches August 2015

Dijbouti. The witness presence

Being a missionary in Dijbouti means seeking a dialogue with Islam and being confronted with the situation of the migrants and refugees in the country. Djibouti is often quoted in the press because of its strategic and military relevance or, more recently, for its ambitions as a potential commercial and economic gateway for both Africa…

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South Sudan. To live the present with passion

A young Ugandan Comboni missionary talks about his pastoral activities in one of the remotest missions in the South Sudan Our mission in Old Fanagk is located in the northern part of Jonglie State under the diocese of Malakal and is the remotest mission in the entire South Sudan. There are no roads; thus no…

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Ethiopia. Catholics – An influential community

Although the Catholic Church in Ethiopia constitutes a minority of the society, it is highly regarded for its inter-religious commitment. The threat of Islamic extremism. A political objective: the Church getting ‘permanent observer’ status at the African Union. We spoke of these issues with the new cardinal of Addis Ababa, Berhaneyesus Sourafiel. Forty per cent…

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Benin / The Abbey of Étoile Notre-Dame. The African Creativity

A community of 40 nuns from different nationalities. A melting pot of faith and prayers, where priests, religious and lay people can find the Benedictine monastic spirituality embodied in the African culture. In 1960, seven French nuns of Notre-Dame des Gardes arrived at the then Apostolic Prefecture of Parakou, founded in 1948, in the central-northern…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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