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Bishops of impoverished nation urge donation to typhoon victims

Catholic World News - December 10, 2013

The bishops of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau have declared December 13 a day of prayer and fasting for peace and asked Catholics to send the money saved through fasting to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s 16 poorest nations.

“May our prayer and our fasting lead us to accept peace through a life marked by truth, justice and reconciliation,” the bishops said in a statement sent to the Fides news agency. “World leaders, Africans, and Guineans must think about the poorest of the poor. The democratic spirit must fill the hearts of everyone, especially of politicians and the military.”

The nation of 1.6 million is half Muslim and 13% Catholic, with significant numbers of citizens retaining indigenous beliefs.

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