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Ethnic tensions in Kenya

Last week we published the first of two articles published recently by Gerard Whelan SJ in Civiltà Cattolica: ‘Christian hope and the African city’. This week we publish the second, ‘Ethnicity and political tension in Kenya’ (April 2008). Gerry spent many years in Kenya before taking up his teaching post. In this article he assesses the role which ethnic tensions ...

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Whelan on Kenya

Gerry Whelan SJ is back from Rome to spend the summer in Dublin. He attended the Province retreat last week and is currently helping out in two parishes in Dublin. Although currently teaching fundamental theology in Rome’s Gregorian University, he spent the last six years as pastor of a poor parish in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last year Gerry has ...

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The female face of AIDS

March 28, 2007 The female face of AIDS Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa by Michael Kelly SJ Excerpts from ’The Female Face of HIV and AIDS’, Annual Trócaire Lecture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in March 2007, by Michael Kelly SJ. Gender-Based Violence Violence against women is a major human rights problem that has special significance for HIV and AIDS. Violence in sexual encounters greatly increases the possibility of HIV transmission, both at the time of the assault and in subsequent life. This is the situation with numerous women and several children. Fear of subsequent violence also inhibits women from seeking HIV treatment and thereby leads to

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Giving of oneself in Zambia and not counting the cost

Conor Gannon went to Zambia with a group of Slí Eile volunteers and worked there with sisters of Mother Teresa’s order. He was deeply impressed both with the sisters and with the Zambian people he met. This summer I was privileged to have the opportunity to put that phrase from St. Ignatius’ prayer – “to give and not to count ...

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A conversion of mentalities needed in Europe and Africa

Africans need to be respected as the authors of their own future, according to the attendants at a recent conference of Scribani, a network of European Jesuit centres, working on questions of social justice in a European context. Cathy Molloy and Gerry O’Hanlon SJ attended on 6 to 9 September 2006. The second Scribani bi-annual conference – organised by the ...

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Telling the Liberian story

Former Crescent pupil Liam Ó Cathasaigh prepares to go to Liberia with Colm Quinn to shoot a film about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service there. This project is financed by the Irish Province as part of the Saint Francis Xavier centenary year celebrations. For almost fifteen years the people of Liberia have known little more than war. Around ...

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