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Chad – Encouraging Perspectives

  The Diocese of Laï was formed in 1998 with territory taken from the other two dioceses in southern Chad. Comboni Missionary Sebastian Martinez Miguel Angel was called to be the first bishop. Half of the population are Catholic, many follow traditional religions and there are few Muslims. The first missionaries, the Dehonians, arrived 75…

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Chad – Expulsion!

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  After years of preparation, oil extraction and exportation in Chad started in 2003. The 1112 oil installations are found in the south, most near the city of Doba. People expected a windfall, but got little in return. According to an Africa-Europe Justice and Faith Association’s report, between 2004 and 2007, taxes and dividends on…

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Chad – The last chance

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 Final hearings of the trial initiated by Belgium to force Senegal to extradite Hissene Habre took place at The Hague International Court of Justice (ICJ) in March. This was the last episode of a 12 years saga. It began by the action before the Belgian courts launched by three Belgian citizens of Chadian origin in…

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Chad – Evangelization

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  Bishop Miguel Angel Martinez Sebastian, a Comboni Missionary and bishop of Lai since 1998, is concise in telling me who he is. “I was born in Zaragoza in 1950. I entered the minor seminary of the Comboni Missionaries and studied in Spain and Portugal. I was ordained a priest in 1975, and arrived in Chad 1978. I…

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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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