AFRICA/SIERRA LEONE - Bishops of Sierra Leone and Gambia concerned about spreading imported Muslim fundamentalism

Tuesday, 17 February 2004

Freetown (Fides Service)- Catholic Bishops of The Gambia and Sierra Leone met from 13 to 15 February at Kenema in Sierra Leone. The meeting was attended by Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda Archbishop of Freetown, Bishop Patrick Daniel Koroma Bishop of Kenema, Bishop Giorgio Biguzzi Bishop of Makeni and Michael J. Cleary Bishop of Banjul, capital of The Gambia. Local Church sources told Fides that the Bishops discussed problems related to the life of the local Church including the moving of the Major Seminary of Sierra Leone. The Bishops also reflected on the growing influence in the region of fundamentalism brought by preachers coming from other countries who are a promoting a vision of the Muslim religion which is foreign to local traditions. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/2/2004, righe 15 parole 149)