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Churches March 2012

South Sudan – Critical conscience

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  The struggle for the vindication of human dignity, continued obstinately and marked by the blood of martyrdom, was the mark of the Catholic Church in Sudan since its inception. It emerged clearly at the symposium A single Church from every ethnicity, language and people, which was held last October at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in…

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Zambia – Witch hunt

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  Last October, along with a small group of Christian leaders, I was visiting Msuka, one the most isolated outstations of Kanyanga Parish in Eastern Zambia where I work. We wanted to meet the families and then to celebrate the Eucharist with the local community at the end of the day. These visits are one…

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Mozambique – Faithful presence

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  After two decades from the peace agreements that ended the civil war (1976-1992) Mozambicans face the paradoxical situation of a country rich in resources but with widespread poverty. This apparent contradiction is the result of a transition to democracy never really completed. The Church is engaged on several fronts to enable the country to find true…

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Chad – Evangelization

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  Bishop Miguel Angel Martinez Sebastian, a Comboni Missionary and bishop of Lai since 1998, is concise in telling me who he is. “I was born in Zaragoza in 1950. I entered the minor seminary of the Comboni Missionaries and studied in Spain and Portugal. I was ordained a priest in 1975, and arrived in Chad 1978. I…

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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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