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DR Congo: Bishops Castigate Government

In their collective statement, the Bishops in DRC have expressed concerns over corruption in the government saying, “we are witnessing the unjustifiable and scandalous enrichment of a handful of political actors at the expense of the vast majority of the population.” “To make matters worse, these misappropriations are the work of the very people who…

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Cameroon Conflict: The African Union’s Deafening Silence

But the conflict is conspicuously absent from the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, its decision-making body on the “prevention, management and resolution of conflicts”. This, despite the council being mandated to “facilitate timely and efficient response to conflict and crisis situations in Africa”. The reason for this, we believe, is that a major part…

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Catholics in Scotland Come to the Aid of Victims of Sexual Violence in DR Congo

In 2010, Margot Wallstrom, the UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, called the DR Congo the “rape capital of the world.” This Lent, Catholics in Scotland are being asked to help the victims of sexual violence in the Congo through the Wee Box campaign sponsored by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF). …………………..

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Famous Nicaraguan Poet Ernesto Cardenal Dies at 95

On the Solentiname Islands in Lake Nicaragua, he founded a community of peasants, poets and painters in 1966 that came to symbolize artistic opposition to the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, who was overthrown in 1979 by Sandinista rebels. Cardenal actively supported the revolution and served as culture minister during the first government of former Sandinista…

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Cambodia: Celebrating Christian Initiation

RCIA step 2 (ទទួលជំហានទី២) in Battambang Prefecture, Cambodia. It was a big celebration and a joyous occasion for all the Christian faithful in the Prefecture of Battambang, especially for the 61 young adults whose names were officially enrolled for baptism in the Catholic Church. They have been prepared and given faith formation in their respective…

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Religious Orders, NGO’s told to Find Alternative Ways of Mobilizing Resources for Sustainability

Sr. Mutiso underscored the importance of resource mobilization skills for any leader saying, “like now we have this donor fatigue, organizations have to learn alternative ways of mobilizing resources for sustainability.” “We hope that by the end of the workshop they will have mastered these skills and also know how to write winning proposals,” the Kenyan-born…

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Cameroon Emergency: What the Anglophone Media Say

Government soldiers have wreaked havoc in Small Babanki with at least fifteen people killed. It was early Saturday after the military arrived Timenshu and Chuku, in Small Babanki. Small Babanki is also called Kedjom Ketinguh. It is situated in Mezam, North west region of Cameroon. Among those shot dead are: five women, four children and…

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U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice. During Lent we walk a path…