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Churches January 2012

Lesotho – Good news in the waves

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Following a trend that swept through Africa in the 1990s, the Episcopal Conference of Lesotho decided to open a radio station to serve both Church and society. The Catholic Church is firmly established in the country, and cooperates with the government in many areas, from education to health. At the same time, it needs its…

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DR Congo – Mental health

  Kasereka’s face reveals a disproportionate fear. A month ago he should have undergone a hernia operation in Goma’s provincial hospital, but as he was being taken to the theatre the 14-year old boy was gripped by such a panic that the doctors decided to take him for psychiatric treatment. When I met him he…

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Dialogue – In the depth there is love

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  Sheikh Hussein, head of the Sufi fraternity al-Bayyumiyya, invited me to participate to a convention in Busayliyya, a village in Upper Egypt, near Edfu. In the past Edfu was known for a temple dedicated to the god Horus, today it is known for the arson that burnt the Coptic church on September 30, 2001,…

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South Africa – Where the sun rises

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 South Africa is a new frontier for us Comboni Missionaries Sisters. We arrived in Pretoria at the end of 2010. We were at first hosted by the bishop, we moved to a community of German lay missionaries, and finally found a home in Mamelodi. Mamelodi is a large town outside Pretoria. About one million people…

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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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