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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

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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