Category Archives: Africa

US priest issues plea for cultural sensitivity

Since 1977, Maryknoll Father Doug May has spent 20 years in the Middle East — primarily Egypt. So when protests over an anti-Muslim film heated up in Cairo and other cities, he tried to help Americans balance freedom of speech … Continue reading

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South Sudan’s future depends on making peace with Sudan

The danger of war erupting between South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, and Sudan is very real. Tensions have been rising almost since the day South Sudan gained its independence July 9, 2011. At issue: the tenuous border between the … Continue reading

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Net gain in fight against malaria

Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, said World Malaria Day April 25 is a time to”redouble our commitment to eradicate this pernicious disease.” World Malaria Day was established five years ago by the World Health Organization as a means to provide education and understanding … Continue reading

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New appreciation for martyrdom is Nigerian priest’s only consolation

A Nigerian priest who ministered to the dead after the Christmas bombings in Madalla, Nigeria, said he gained new insight into martyrdom. In a first-person piece for The Catholic Register in Toronto, Father Emmanuel-Mary Mbam said: In my agony of … Continue reading

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Why Egypt’s elections might be good for Christians

On Nov. 28, Egypt’s first round of complicated parliamentary elections begin. Arab West Report has a good explanation of the procedures and breakdown this election, and editor Cornelis Hulsman explains why this election could be beneficial to the country’s Coptic … Continue reading

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South Sudan’s jubilation a model for Africa

Father Christopher Townsend, a first-rate Catholic journalist and the secretary for communications of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, was in Juba, the capital of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, for the independence ceremonies. It was an emotional time … Continue reading

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Remembering Blessed John Paul’s words in Sudan

VATICAN CITY — In his weekly editorial for Vatican television and radio, the papal spokesman marked the independence of South Sudan by reminding listeners of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Sudan in 1993 and the extremely strong words he … Continue reading

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