Comboni Missionaries Ireland

Central African Republic: “We are continuously under LRA attack, but nobody talks about it”

Monsignor Juan José Aguirre Muños is Bishop of Bangassou, in the south-east of the Central African Republic. He has recently denounced the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group of Ugandan origin which has wreaked havoc on the area for years. In recent weeks, the LRA has intensified its attacks against civilians, causing the Comboni …

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Central Africa: “Even the LRA rebels respect Pope Francis”

On January 21st, St. Andrew parish in Bakouma, southeast Central African Republic, was attacked by a group of LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) rebels, a formation of Ugandan origin that has been spreading terror in the Central African Republic for years. The LRA received widespread international attention a few years ago, when film maker Jason Russell …

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South Sudan’s Wounded Church Has Not Lost Hope

Not even religious buildings have been spared from the destruction of the war which broke out two years ago in South Sudan. As the ceasefire between government and rebels teeters, the missionaries continue to stand by the population: “God will not abandon us”. Months of negotiations and nine separate signed agreements have not been enough …

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Human Life, a Gift of God the Creator

Extremism and fundamentalism find fertile ground not only in the exploitation of religion for purposes of power, but also in the vacuum of ideals and the loss of identity. The First Arab Thinkers Forum, “Interreligious Dialogue and Extremism: reasons and remedies”, was held between 17-18 January at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research …

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United States: Bishops Call for an End to the Expulsion of Illegal Immigrants

The Episcopal Conference of the United States recently asked the government to end deportation raids of Central American families without valid documents. The Committee for Migration of the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) have expressed “great concern” for the detention and deportation of 121 Central Americans – primarily mothers …

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