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May 9, 2012: Mavambo Trust: Giving children a new beginning

March 23, 2012: A brief response to Kony 2012

December 5, 2011: IFIs' role in Kenya's food insecurity

November 11, 2011: Leaders address corruption in wake of Arab Spring

October 20, 2011: President Obama sends troops to Central Africa

September 28, 2011: Wangari Maathai, witness to hope
September 2, 2011: Responding to the famine

August 5, 2011: Namibian women respond to climate change

July 25, 2011: Severe food crisis grips East Africa
July 8, 2011: Africa welcomes South Sudan

June 6, 2011: Sudan update
May 19, 2011: Extractive industries: "The Earth is God's, and all that is in it"
May 1, 2011: Is the world moving away from AIDS?
April 6, 2011: Nigeria: Bishops initiate forum on oil industry's impact
March 22, 2011: Kenya: Water for Peace project
March 8, 2011: Keeping Sudan in focus
February 2011: South Sudan: Nuba Mountains central to stability
January 31, 2011: Zimbabwe: Concerns raised about possible 2011 elections
January 18, 2011: Kenya: Mapping Kibera to improve living conditions
January 4, 2011: Sudan: Hope for a lasting and just peace
101 days of prayer for Sudan (in preparation for January 2011 referendum)

2010 Together with Africa:
December 1: Thank President Obama for his support of a peaceful and stable Sudan; urge him to continue to press for peace
November 23: Sudanese bishops call for peace during referenda
September 20: 101 Days of Prayer for people of Sudan
September 8: Funding flows for agriculture
August 17, Mining in Africa: Extract minerals, not blood
August 4, Kenya's constitutional referendum
July 21, African Union appoints peace ambassadors
July 7, Kenya: No room for hate
June 22, Internally displaced persons and the Kampala Convention
June 10, Justice and ICC
May 24, Religious tolerance in sub-Saharan Africa
May 10, Nigeria: Interfaith Conference of Christian and Muslim Youth for Peace
April 27, Rays of hope in Zimbabwe: the King George VI Centre
April 13, Ending the scourge of small arms, light weapons
March 30, Sudan holds first democratic elections in 24 years
March 16, Facilitating lasting peace
March 2, Trafficking in illicit small arms
February 15, ZImbabwe's national healing
February 1, Policy outlook for 2010

The Catholic Church held an Extraordinary Synod on Africa from October 4-25, 2009 on the theme “Justice, peace and reconciliation.”

Propositional statements from the Synod, October 2009

Together with Africa: Celebrating hope sent out the following updates from February through October 2009:

Other sources related to the 2009 Synod for Africa:

Related articles:

Innovations and new trends in small Christian communities (SCCs) in Africa today (PDF file), written by Maryknoll Fr. Joe Healey and published in the May 2009 issue of Hekima Reivew, the journal of Hekima College (Jesuits) in Nairobi, Kenya. SCCs have become both important agents and places of reconciliation, justice and peace.

References to Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the Instrumentum Laboris (“Working Document”) of the 2009 Second African Synod (PDF file), compiled by Fr. Joe Healey, MM

Democratisation and violence: How do the African bishops see their role in the processes of change in Africa? (PDF file) This article, written by Ben Schennink, was published in 1998 for Pax Christi International and focuses on the 1994 African Bishops’ Synod.

Orbis books related to Africa:

These are just a few of the books available through Orbis on the topic of Africa. Please visit Orbis Books and search "Africa" for additional titles.

African women, religion, and health: Essays in honor of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye, edited by Isabel Apawo Phiri and Sarojini Nadar

Beads and strands: Reflections of an African woman on Christianity in Africa, by Mercy Amba Oduyoye

Christians and churches of Africa: Salvation in Christ and building a new African society, by Ka Mana

Faces of Jesus in Africa, by Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S.

Once upon a time in Africa: Stories of wisdom and joy, by Joe Healey, MM

Small Christian Communities today, edited by Joe Healey, MM and Jeanne Hinton

This Our Exile: A spiritual journey with the refugees of East Africa, by James Martin, SJ

Towards an African Narrative Theology, by Joe Healey MM and Donald Sybertz, MM

West African Christianity: The Religious Impact, by Lamin Sanneh

Links:

Africa Faith and Justice Network

African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories

Catholic Task Force on Africa

Enough Project

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection

Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers in Africa

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