Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Sierra Leone: in wake of brutal war, churches full"

From Catholic Culture: Latest Headlines. Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

"Nearly a decade after a civil war in which 50,000 were killed, thousands were mutilated, and every church in the nation's largest diocese was destroyed, Sierra Leone's leading prelate has offered an overview of the state of the Church and society.

"[S]ays Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of Freetown and Bo, That is the one difference between us and the rest of the world,, Europe and America. Our churches are full of young people; actually they constitute the vitality of the church. Since the war the churches are really full. People are coming back ...

"5% of the nation's 5.9 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; another 5% are Protestant, and 60% are Muslim ..."


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