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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10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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