Category Archives: Africa

Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from Persecution

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Religious Freedom

In Marrakesh, hundreds of Muslim leaders release modern update to Muhammad’s Charter of Medina.

by Morgan Lee[ posted 1/27/2016 11:48AM ]

For years, Texas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts has been building relationships with Muslims. Last year, after Franklin Graham argued that the US government should ban Muslims from immigrating to America, the NorthWood Church leader joined Muslim leaders in denouncing the comments. In October, he and imam Muhammad Magid hosted the Spreading the Peace Convocation, which was attended by nearly 200 imams and evangelical pastors. Continue reading Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from Persecution

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Declaration of the Synod of Bishops on the situation in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine

headvisblog07enmmVatican City, 24 October 2015 (VIS) – During this morning’s General Congregation, during Vespers for the conclusion of the Synod, the Synod Fathers launched a new appeal for peace and the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine, asking the international Community to act via diplomatic channels and to engage in dialogue to end the suffering of thousands of people. Continue reading Declaration of the Synod of Bishops on the situation in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine

Synod: Ugandan bishops focus on vocation and mission of family

Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa – RV

23/10/2015 13:42 (Vatican Radio)

Amongst the bishops participating in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family is Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mitayana and Vice President of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference. Continue reading Synod: Ugandan bishops focus on vocation and mission of family

Holy See: Extremists seek to eradicate religions and cultures

2015-10-23 (Vatican Radio)

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, on Thursday said it was the “grave duty” of the Vatican to remind the international community that “extremists are seeking to eradicate religions, ethnic groups and cultures” that have been in the Middle East “for millennia.” Continue reading Holy See: Extremists seek to eradicate religions and cultures

The Changing roles of family life in Lesotho

Some people walk past a Church outside the capital Maseru in Lesotho – REUTERS

16/10/2015 13:37

Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi of Maseru in Lesotho says the effects of the Apartheid-era migrant labour system continues to impact on families even now. Continue reading The Changing roles of family life in Lesotho

Survivors of Symphysiotomy Submission to UN Human Rights Council

Survivors of Symphysiotomy ireland

Posted on September 22, 2015

The UN will carry out a review of Ireland in 2016. Read our submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council:

This submission outlines the torture, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, perpetrated on three generations of women in Ireland by doctors who carried out destructive and non-consensual childbirth operations (‘symphysiotomy’) in the absence of medical necessity; and shows why Ireland’s failure to protect these women then, and to vindicate their rights now, constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,the UN Convention Against Torture, the European Convention of Human Rights, and the UN General Assembly Body of Basic Principles. Continue reading Survivors of Symphysiotomy Submission to UN Human Rights Council

Symphysiotomy in Ireland & the Catholic Church

Survivors of Symphysiotomy ireland

16 October 2015

Symphysiotomy is a childbirth operation that effectively unhinges the pelvis. Ireland was the only country in the world to do these childbirth operations in preference to Caesarean section. Religious ideology and medical ambition drove the surgery. Continue reading Symphysiotomy in Ireland & the Catholic Church

Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 9

On a rainy Wednesday morning the delegates to the Synod on the Family returned to a plenary meeting after two days of group work – REUTERS

14/10/2015 17:28 (Vatican Radio)

At the daily press briefing for the Synod on the Family an African Cardinal said that polygamy was much more of a problem in Africa than divorce and remarriage. Continue reading Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 9

Chad: A “frontier Church” at the Synod in Rome

Arid climate in Chad – AFP

11/10/2015 13:13

Big meetings in Rome such as the current Synod on the family are always an opportunity for convergence. In a way, they bring out in a very vivid manner the diversity of the Catholic Church or its various ecclesial realities. For example, the current Synod on the family in Rome is shining light on Catholic family situations and communities that don’t often make headlines. Continue reading Chad: A “frontier Church” at the Synod in Rome