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Churches October 2011

Zimbabwe – Let’s take responsibility

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A while ago, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference published a pastoral letter in which they called on all Zimbabweans to ‘Let us work for the common good. Let us save our nation’. The call is pertinent to our situation for it identifies a critical quality that our country desperately needs. Zimbabwe has never experienced a…

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Zambia – Service to the people

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We Comboni Missionaries began our missionary service in Zambia in November 1977 with the arrival of Fr. Kizito Sesana in Chipata Diocese. Two parishes were assigned to us: Chadiza in 1978 and Vubwi in 1979. St. Mathias Mulumba Parish was opened in 1983. In 1983 we also took the parish of Chikowa. In time, some…

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Panama – Open Inferno

In 1979, Daniel N˙Òez, bishop of Panama’s David diocese, wrote: ‘The children play outside with smiling faces, despite the worms and malnutrition. Their mother weaves a multicolour ch·cara [an elaborately patterned string bag], while a naked months-old baby crawls around her. The grandmother brings water and firewood together with two children; the father and two…

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Mexico – A champion of the people

In the 1960’s, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcìa’ speaking out against Chiapas’ unwritten laws – such as those prohibiting Indians from walking the streets after dark and forcing them to step off city sidewalks into the gutter whenever non-Indians approached. He said his faith led him to examine the roots of the injustice and prompted his…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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