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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

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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