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dossier January 2012

Synod/4 – Rise up!

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  The Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops focused its work on reconciliation. When the second Synod for Africa was proposed, the continent was coming out of a prolonged war in the Great Lakes region, a conflict not yet concluded today, wars in the Horn of Africa, and various instances of…

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Synod/3 – Celebration of life

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  At the heart of the first part of the document there is a section entitled: Behold, I make all things new. It is a long a long section on the African vision of life, the huge capital Africans can count on. The excitement of life, the joy of opening your eyes and contemplate creation, the…

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Synod/2 – New dynamics

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  The reception of the first African Synod was modest for several reasons. When the document of the first Synod, Ecclesia in Africa, was published in 1995, Africa was in a transition. The continent and its peoples were very weak both at home and on the international scene. The Church was still living in a ‘yes, sir’ mentality.…

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African Synod – On the world stage

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 To understand Africae Munus – the final document arising from the Second Synod of Bishops for Africa and signed by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Benin last November – one has to cast an observant eye on today’s Africa. It is not the same Africa of the first Synod, celebrated in Rome in 1994. The…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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