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Africa Reverses Missionary Flow From Europe
CathNews ^ | 4/8/13

Posted on 04/09/2013 7:45:35 AM PDT by marshmallow

In a reversal of the traditional direction of flow, African priests are coming to Europe in increasing numbers to combat the decline in priestly vocations there.

Bishops in the developed world have been reaching out to counterparts in the developing world to bring priests from Africa, Asia and Latin America, where the priesthood is still appealing and vocations are booming, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The decline of the priesthood as a vocation is particularly pronounced in France, where the average age of the 14,000 priests is 72.

At 1600, the number of foreign priests has nearly tripled over the past eight years, with many being recruited to parishes in urban areas and the Parisian suburbs.

To church officials, this is not necessarily a bad thing. ''They bring freshness, youth and another way to consider the pastoral,'' says Fr Pierre-Yves Pecqueux, who heads international recruitment at the Conference des Eveques de France, the church's bishops' committee.

''They have their own way to speak about faith, and a joy to believe in God,'' he say

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1 posted on 04/09/2013 7:45:35 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

As long as they are conservative, bring it on.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 7:47:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: marshmallow

The African Anglican Mission to the Americas is a conservative, traditional Anglican mission movement to try to save that church. Wondrous how they are now coming back to us.


3 posted on 04/09/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: marshmallow

The Word travels to where it is needed to be heard.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 8:45:26 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

Maybe they can educate us on the atrocities we commit down there with our birth control and homosexual agenda push, helping our voters see more clearly why we should be practicing what our Church teaches, and for perfect reason.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 9:13:35 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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