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Churches February 2017

Lutherans in Africa. For a new responsibility towards creation.

The Reformation, which celebrates its 500th anniversary, is increasingly global. Today only half of Lutherans live in Europe. A look  into the Lutheran Church in Africa. According to the Lutheran World Federation – a global communion of 145 Churches in the Lutheran and Reformation tradition – out of 72 million Lutherans, nearly 36 million live…

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South Africa. The appointment of ten new permanent deacons.

Ten married men were recently appointed as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Witbank. They will administer the sacrament of Baptism, witness marriages and preach on the occasion of  liturgical celebrations. They are the face of a Church which is close to people. The ceremony took place in Maria Trost, at the pastoral centre of…

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Iraq. Looking to the future, no matter what.

More than two years under ISIS rule. Destruction and death. The desire to start over. The commitment of the Catholic Church. “Christianity has been present in Iraq for two millennia, it cannot simply be swept aside. We are committed to creating the necessary conditions to enable families to stay in this land”. These words, which…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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