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Bishop discusses missionary work in Uganda

Catholic World News - January 30, 2012

An Italian missionary bishop discusses his work among people whose “only concern is survival--to continue living day to day--and most of the time they are starving.”

“They drink blood because the milk of the cow is not enough to sustain them,” says Bishop Giuseppe Filippi of Kotido.

“My work is evangelization,” he continues. “People generally welcome the teaching of the Church, though they are resistant to conversion. They perceive our teaching as attractive and very appealing to their needs. Their resistance is their perception that to be a Christian they have to change their lives, which means that they have to stop raiding the cattle of their neighbors. They have to stop killing.”

“For this reason the Catholic Church and the other churches try to provide the Karimojong people with alternative ways of living, like agriculture and the development of other resources like the Arabica gum -- but it is not easy.”

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