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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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