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The situation of Catholics in Africa

The latest statistics indicate the continent counts on 35 thousand priests, 25 thousand seminaries and 62 thousand consecrated people. In the past 15 years 520 people have died because of religious violence. One of the main goals the continent must face and one that is being discussed at the synod this month, is to achieve a reconciliation between the people, leading to lasting peace and the fulfillment of justice. This is viewed as the first step to bringing down Africa off the top spot on the poverty statistics. Zambia is the poorest country in the world, where 86 percent of the population has less than what’s necessary to live. In recent years, the strong presence of China and India along with the consent of local governments has led to very negative consequences for population development.Another issue that worries the Church and society in Africa include Aids. Once again, the Church stands by its position: the most effective way to curb the number affected is abstinence and fidelity. For 20 days, 244 members of the Second Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops will address the situation of Africa and its main problems, showing what it can bring the continent, which is much more than the sad figures of hunger.PVB/MC