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African bishops discuss pastoral needs of 'street people'

November 13, 2012

African bishops have approved a document calling for greater efforts to provide pastoral care for “street people.”

Meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, at a conference organized by the bishops of Tanzania in conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Migrants, bishops of 31 African countries discussed the prospects for evangelization among street people, and the problems that they face, including exploitation, disease, and various forms of abuse. The conference concluded with recommendations that each country’s episcopal conference should establish commissions for ministry to the street people, noting that displaced persons are particularly common in Africa, and subject to many physical and spiritual dangers.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Nov. 14, 2012 7:29 PM ET USA

    I have wondered why African priests migrate to the U.S.when their countrymen are in such dire need.

  • Posted by: JoePip - Nov. 13, 2012 7:01 PM ET USA

    JMJ I really wonder if it's right of me to be critical of Bishop's (especially in the U.S.A.} Theyre always forming Committies (seems the African Bishops have learned from us (U.S.A.) or maybe Europe about Committies and Documents) Wouldn't it be better if All the Bishops, their secrataries,all those who earn money during the conferences, committies etc. got together and went to the streets where they (the People)struggle to live.Take bread and soup a couple of days Oh Well, Just a thought.