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March 22 is World Water Day

March 22 is World Water Day, click on this link for resources: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/.

Solidarity in Cameroon

The presence of Boko Haram in the Region of the EXTREME NORTH continues to be a threat to the people living near the border with Nigeria. In addition to the kidnapping of women and children, people have been killed in the fighting, villages burned and over two hundred schools closed – some out of fear, others because they are housing refugees. Despite the many challenges faced by most Cameroonians on a daily basis, they cherish the peace the country enjoys – women preparing their farms for planting, children walking safely to school daily, people attending religious services in churches and mosques. Those living in the Regions not affected by the activities of Boko Haram (Kumbo is in the North West Region) are concerned about their sisters and brothers living in the militarized zone. Many efforts are being made in a variety of ways to support those affected by the on-going violence. On the Tuesday before International Women’s Day, the members of Catholic women’s associations gathered in the Cathedral for a special Mass in support of their sisters in the Extreme North. Each participant was asked to bring a donation of rice to be sent to the North. As part of the offertory procession, participants carried symbols celebrating the African woman, family, faith, collaboration, and water. The spirit of solidarity energized the participants and strengthened the spirit of hope. As you join us in our prayer for peace, please include our sisters. Two of our sisters also have families living in the area. Our Cameroonian mantra gives us strength, “WE ARE TOGETHER; WE ARE ONE.”

March Article for The RI Catholic

Religious themes are common in the great art works of the masters, primarily because the artists were supported and commissioned by the Church. In the midst of prolific paintings and sculptures, some scenes are depicted more than others. The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary remains one of the most popular of topics of art through the ages. 

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