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Priest discusses missionary work in Algeria

Catholic World News - January 04, 2012

Father David Carraro, a young missionary priest, discussed his recent experience as a missionary in Touggert, a city of over 100,000 built beside an oasis in the Sahara Desert.

“There are no Christians in the area, only Muslims,” he told AsiaNews. “In a place where it is forbidden by law to evangelize, we must be close to the people as men and priests, giving importance to small encounters and prayer.”

“The local farmers ask my confreres to pray for their families,” he added. “These meetings take place in a discreet way; many Muslims are wary and afraid to be alone with a Christian priest.”

“Our presence surprises these people, in a place where Christians are not welcome.”

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