Poverty, HIV/AIDS, ethnic and tribal divisions, political corruption, climate change, equality-these are many of the challenges that the Catholic Church faces in Africa. But the church is also growing faster in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The African church is full of hope and a rich spirituality, and it is committed to strong values, solidarity, and justice.
The bishops of Africa are currently meeting in Rome to discuss their jobs of leading such a complex church. From October 4 to October 25, they are participating in the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. Even since the first Special Assembly for Africa in 1994, the continent has emerged as a central part of the church, not simply a missionary territory. In U.S. Catholic, we also have strived to cover the church in Africa in all of its complexity. Here we have compiled some of the news from the Synod along with our own coverage of the continent. Peruse these stories to gain some understanding of our brothers and sisters in Christ across the Atlantic.
U.S. Catholic stories:
No forgiveness, no future: An interview with Archbishop Desmund Tutu
Kenya rising: The church confronts ethnic violence in a young democracy
Church fights for women's rights in Kenya
Kenya: Missionary territory and the church's future
The Congo's killing fields: Demand for valuable resource drives violence in this country
See no evil: Catholic groups struggle to help Darfur's refugees
There is a balm in Tapologo: The church treats the bodies and souls of HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa
Morality check: It's time to reevaluate the church's approach to AIDS in Africa.
Out of Africa An interview with Father James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp., a priest from Nigeria
The whole world in our hands An interview with Caritas Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight on development
News on the Synod
Oct. 5: Synod opens with call on Africans to be forces for justice, peace
Oct. 6: Racial justice still must be achieved in US, archbishop tells synod
Oct. 7: Ethnic tensions in the church must be overcome, say African bishops
Oct. 9: Women at synod urge bishops to face reality of discrimination
Oct. 9: Synod spotlight: African cardinal finds candor brings complications
Oct. 14: US-Caritas meeting on pediatric AIDS calls for justice in health care
Oct. 19: Sell the Vatican? Nigerian archbishop calls the idea 'stupid'
Oct. 20: Dialogue, negotiations must replace war, say synod bishops
Sept. 23: Synod may not reflect reality of North Africa, say church leaders
Africa Faith and Justice Network
Catholic Taskforce on Africa
Catholic Relief Service's page on Africa
Africa Rural Connect
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