The ethnic groups in Gambia live with a minimum of intertribal friction. Gambians officially observe the holidays of Muslims and Christians and practice religious tolerance. Once part of the Mali and Kaabu Empires, European powers struggled for supremacy here. Stability has not translated to prosperity. Only one sixth of its land is arable, and it relies mainly on peanuts for export.

Joyful Mysteries: Intentions for Gambia
1. For progress in its march to authentic democracy
2. For improved access to education and increased literacy
3. For economic growth to improve the lives of Gambians
4. For Gambia’s borders to be protected from illegal activities
5. For policies and programs that will mitigate the effects of drought

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  Then, after a while, people get fed up with the absolutely rational and logical culture, and rediscover religion and the affective part of the human soul and its needs.

  And Mary is one of those.

Love and support for Pope Francis
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  Christ is the Church's Pastor, but his presence in history passes through the freedom of human beings; from their midst one is chosen to serve as his Vicar, the successor of the Apostle Peter.

  Yet Christ remains the center, not the Sucessor of Peter: Christ, Christ is the centre.

A Million Roses for the World
A gift of love, faith and goodwill from the people of the Philippines. Pope Pius IX once said: “Give me an army praying a million rosaries a day and we will conquer the world.” We are not out to conquer the world…but to save it for God to whom it rightly belongs.

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