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Churches February 2012

UAE – Life of witness

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  The Comboni Missionary Sisters have been in Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), since 1977. In the last two decades, however, the city became a symbol of grandiosity and extravaganza with its colossal and fanciful buildings. The discovery of oil in 1966 led to a massive influx of…

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Namibia – Prevention and education

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  Father Richard Bauer is a Maryknoll Missionary who has worked in Africa since 1997. He came to Namibia in 2003 and he is now serving as Director of Catholic Aids Action, the Namibia Catholic Bishops’ Conference outreach program for Hiv/Aids. “This is the largest nongovernmental provider of services for people with Aids in the…

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African Synod II – Inculturation

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  In the Catholic Church we held to the principle of inculturation of the Faith, particularly since Vatican II… but only so far! We are always caught in the uneasy balance between Unity (sometimes read as Uniformity) and Diversity (sometimes called heterodoxy or heresy). How far can we make accommodations in practices or beliefs? Not…

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African Synod II – Deeper and wider dialogue

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  The Synod theme of Catholics in public life recurs throughout the Africae Munus, the document Pope Benedict XVI handed over to the African Church during his visit of Benin. Catholics, particularly laity, are called to witness their faith through their work. Admirable though this is, neither the Synod nor Benedict seems able to say…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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