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Service draws attention to persecution, killing of African Christians


A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith.

"Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa show that there is no lack of men and women who continue to bear witness to their faith in God by offering their very lives," said Archbishop Charles Balvo, who is apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.

British schools must root out extremists, prime minister says


Headmasters and teachers at Britain's privately owned and state-run schools have been ordered to be on the lookout for Muslim extremists attempting to "groom" youngsters to their cause.

The new legal requirement comes after terrorists killed some 30 British tourists at Sousse, one of Tunisia's best-known holiday resorts, on Friday.

It was the worst terrorist attack against Britons since 2005, when 52 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in London.

Preview: Candomble fights persecution, mixes with Catholicism in Brazil


Cultivated in Brazil as early as 1549, the Candomblé faith is best described as a blend of African traditions and beliefs established as its own religion. Nearly 465 years after its founding, Candomblé remains an integral part of Brazilian culture.

Despite having little in common with Roman Catholicism, Candomblé has, for centuries, been successfully fused in the faith lives of many of the country's Catholics.

Though entirely of African descent, Candomblé exists only in Brazil -- primarily in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and the country's northeast coast.


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