From 1989 to 2003, Liberia waged one of the bloodiest civil wars ever fought on the African continent. To this day, the West African nation has not fully recovered from it. More than two-thirds of its five million people have little faith in a lasting peace.
One of many reasons for their lingering suspicion is that known war criminals have not been prosecuted. All social interactions are marked by profound mistrust. “More than the infrastructure, it was our souls that were destroyed,” says Father Dennis Nimene, the secretary general of the Liberian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The Church has also struggled in the wake of war. Various trauma recovery programs have been offered to survivors, but spiritual health is, for priests, most important. So, bishops have planned retreats and breaks for local priests, so that they can find the serenity necessary to guide the laity.
This year, 25 priests from the Diocese of Cape Palmas will be given the opportunity to spiritually recharge while sharing their concerns and experiences with one another. ACN is supporting this retreat with a contribution of $5,200, which covers the costs of travel, food, and lodging for all participating priests. This small investment will surely have a sizable impact.
Will you give so the priests of Liberia are renewed?
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