In the 1930s, a dozen or more Ukrainian girls traveled to Belgium in order to prepare for the foundation of the first Redemptorist convent in their home country of Ukraine. It was not until 80 years later that this dream was finally able to see its fulfillment. The outbreak of the Second World War and …
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With an area of more than 225,000 square miles, the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy, based in the Kazakhstan capital of Nursultan, is larger than all of Spain. But Catholics are only a small minority in Kazakhstan, and given the country's size, pastoral care and outreach are difficult. Forty priests serve the diocese, assisted by about 70 religious sisters of various congregations. The sisters offer religious instruction, care for those in need, and organize parish events, like retreat days, holiday camps, and youth meetings.
In 2015, the Pope John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center was first established in Sarajevo, the capital of the state of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is open to all young people, without distinction as to faith or ethnic origin. It was formally blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II, for whom young people were especially important and who introduced many lasting initiatives for the young, most notably the World Youth Days.
From 1989 until 2003, Liberia went through one of the bloodiest civil wars on the African continent. To this day, this West African nation has still not fully recovered from it. More than two thirds of the country‘s almost 5 million population still have little faith in a lasting peace.
There are about 4,000 Catholic Christians in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa that is otherwise almost completely Muslim. Serving this congregation in the country’s only diocese are a bishop, priests, and 27 sisters who come from Europe, Asia, and Africa.