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The Tijaniyya Brotherhood. The Way of the Koran.

Today, there are 40,000 inhabitants in Tivaouane, 100 km north-east of Dakar, the holy city of the Senegalese Tijaniyya. Each year, it receives millions of the faithful coming for the Gamou, the great pilgrimage during which the birth of the Prophet of Islam is celebrated. As many as 49% of the Senegalese are members of…

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DR. Congo. Street children. A home for a better future.

A project that tries to return street children to their families. Stories that seem to come from the Gospel.  It is early morning but the sun is already hot. The streets of Kinshasa are already full of people. The large number of youngsters wandering about is striking. “The street is their home, their family”, Kasongo,…

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Madagascar. Famadihana, the feast of Return.

On the Madagascar plateau the bodies of the dead are exhumed from their tombs and brought out for a day of celebration which, with singing and dancing renders homage to their dead. Close to the edges of the rice fields connecting the valleys of the central highlands, flickering lights can be seen in the darkness…

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A Journey into Islam in Senegal.

More than 90% of the population of Senegal, an officially secular country, profess the Islamic faith. Besides being Sunnis (like the majority of Muslims), the dominant form of Islam is Sufi: this means it belongs to the mystical trend whose adherents (talibé) of the brotherhoods (tariqa) follow the directives of the spiritual guides (sheikhs, better…

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The Layeniyya Brotherhood. The Meaning of Equality.

On one of the Atlantic beaches of Yoff, rises the Great Layene Mosque-Mausoleum. The low cube-shaped, white building surrounded by golden sands and crowned with a green cupola, contains the tomb of the founder of the Brotherhood, Seydina Limamou Laye and his two sons, Seydina Issa Laye, the first Khalif of the Brotherhood (1909-1949) and…

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Niger. Elections on the frontier of jihad.

The country is at the crossroads. Presidential and parliament elections are scheduled for the next 27 December in a country which is facing a number of serious challenges including jihadism, climate change, migration and the fall of uranium prices. The parliament elections and the first round of the presidential elections are due on the next…

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Ghana. Togoland and the future of the nation.

In September, separatist attacks took place in the Volta Region of Ghana. These events represented an escalation in terms of action for the autonomist movement. They are the consequence of historic grievances and of an increase in political violence in the country. The competition for the 7th December presidential and political elections could worsen this…

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The Muridiyya Brotherhood. “The Disciple”.

Touba, the holy city of the Muridiyya Brotherhood, situated in the centre of the country, though a religious city, stands out for its commercial character which comes from the popular motto of Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba, founder of the city and of the Mourides: “Pray as if you were to die tomorrow and work as if…

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Kenya. The Diocese of Ngong, The Church of the People.

Small Christina communities. Inculturation. Lay movements and a growing number of development projects. These are signs of a Christian community that is growing. From a humble beginning, the church among the Maasai is taking its rightful place in Kenya. Among the first Europeans to reach the East African interior in mid 19th century there were…

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Burkina Faso: Shadows and dangers.

The country is in turmoil. Jihadist violence risks tearing it apart. In November 2020 the country is supposed to choose its new President and new parliamentarians, but the polls may aggravate the situation. The main threat to Burkina Faso’s security is terrorism, due to two jihadist groups that fight against the government and against each…

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Sudan. Missionaries involved in education.

Since the start of the evangelisation of Sudan, education has been a priority for missionaries. And continues to be so for the local Church. A warm morning in Khartoum. In the heavy chaotic traffic, we can only drive slowly. Our destination is a technical school but we are not sure of its exact location. Then…

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Africa. Unsafe roads.

The continent has the highest percentage in the world of deaths in road accidents which kill many more people than viral infections. The causes are many with bad roads, insufficient policing, drunkenness and old vehicles.  In Africa, the increase of mobility with automobiles, people moving from place to place, and roads under construction, brings a…

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Advocacy

The Dominican Sisters create their own climate solutions fund.

In recent years, many faith-based organizations have made bold statements about climate justice being a key component of their faith and stewardship of Earth and…

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Baobab

How the Phoenix got her fine plumage.

A very long time ago before men had learnt how to hunt and set traps, all the birds lived together peacefully in a great forest. Theirs…

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Youth & Mission

"Brothers and Sisters All". We share dignity, rights and respect.

The latest letter of Pope Francis, his Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti “Brothers and Sisters All,” is one that should touch every heart, stimulate our minds, awaken our…

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