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Vatican plans conference on post-colonial African identity

September 28, 2010

Vatican officials are in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this week, to plan for a conference on the experience of Africa in the 50 years since the end of colonial rule on that continent.

The Pontifical Council for Culture and the Congregation for Evangelization are joint sponsors in the conference, to be held in Abidjan in March 2011, on the development and identity of African peoples. "This year Africa is celebrating fifty years of independence of many countries from colonial rule", reads an English-language communique released by the Pontifical Council for Culture. "How far has this culturally rich and diverse continent, made up of different colors and hues, profited from independence?”


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