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This week in the magazine “Église en Sortie”, we are having a conversation with Father Gilles Barette on the history and work of the fathers and brothers of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers). (…) In the third part of the program, Francis Denis receives Sister Rita Toutant from the missionary Sisters of Notre-Dame d’Afrique to talk about the history and mission of this community at the time of the celebration of their 150th anniversary.
Interview Gilles Barette : from 0:00 to 11:50
Interview Rita Toutant : from 19:54 to 28:32
Text of Luciano Somma
Music of Fabio Volpe
Ed. AGOSMUSIC- Vignola (Modena)
Sguardo di ragazzo dalla pelle scura Solo la miseria vedi intorno a te Sogni la tua barca che ti porti via Verso il tuo destino che chissà com’è.
A dark-skinned boy’s look All you see around you is misery You dream of your boat taking you away Towards your destiny, which nobody knows what it will be.
Troppa fame C’è nella tua Africa Terra che profuma di mistero Brucia senza scampo Già da secoli Questo continente troppo nero
There is too much hunger In your Africa, Earth that smells of mystery, It’s been burning without escape For centuries This continent too black.
Eppure canti E la tua musica va Oltre il cielo oltre il mare Ma chi t’ascolterà Tu lo sai che però
La tua vita da vivere Irta e piena di ostacoli Clandestina sarà.
And yet you sing And your music goes Beyond the sky, beyond the sea, But who will listen to you ? And yet you know that Your life that you have to live, fraught and full of obstacles, Will be clandestine.
Brucia come brucia La tua Africa È una beffa il sole da lassù Padri missionari Per te pregano Mentre troppi sono I tuoi tabù.
Burns as it burns Your Africa ! The sun from up there is a mockery ! Missionary Fathers Pray for you Even though too many are your taboos.
E ti chiedi spesso che sarà domani Vedi un cielo scuro, scuro più di te, e negli occhi cresce la malinconia mentre solo Dio ti può dir perché.
And you often ask yourself what will be tomorrow made of. You see a dark sky, darker than you, and melancholy grows in the eyes while only God can tell you why.
Memories in Pictures … This video dates from 1997 – Child in the Sun was then a center for street children just outside of Dar es Salaam. Do you have any video? Or pictures of projects that you would have known? Send them to us with a minimum of explanation and dates and we will publish them.
The Algerian public had an appointment, on the evening of Thursday, with a directory of Andalusian heritage, revisited and adapted into a very lyrical version, proposed by Farid Khodja and his ensemble of musicians. Organized at Notre-Dame d’Afrique basilica, this recital has presented many music lovers, adaptations and a notable instrumental fusion, in addition to having taken a very lyrical turn carried by the voice of Farid Khodja and the acoustics of the place. Accompanied by a traditional instrumental cell …
Meant for training within the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, this video clip is the first of a series of videos clips that will be promoting the active protection of children and vulnerable persons. The training is given by Fr. Stéphane Joulain, PhD, M.Afr.