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Africa needs to become self-reliant, prelates agree

Catholic World News - July 28, 2010

Leading African prelates called for encouragement of native entrepreneurs during a meeting of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Nigerian native who is former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said that a practical application of Catholic social doctrine would include support for African entrepreneurs to “make progress in their businesses.” Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, agreed that a top priority for Africa should be to reach economic independence. “Christ has not told us not to work hard,” the South African cardinal said. “We need to instill this concept in our middle classes.”

The SECAM meeting is devoted to a discussion of self-reliance for Africa.

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