Guinea Bissau was first explored by the Portuguese and became a major slave-trading center in the 18th century. It is now open to foreign investment but poor infrastructure and political instability are disincentives. WHO estimates fewer than 5 physicians per 100,000 persons. Guinea Bissau is also a major hub for cocaine smuggled from Latin America to Europe.

Luminous Mysteries: Intentions for Guinea Bissau
1. That the country will find lasting peace after many years of war.
2. That authorities improve services to the poor and destitute.
3. That Guinea-Bissau will cease being a source of children trafficked for begging and forced agricultural labor.
4. That authorities halt the illicit and lucrative trade in narcotics
5. On this feast of St. Martin de Porres, may those who work for social justice find encouragement

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Extravagant displays of devotion to Mary gets curtailed as world culture emphasizes the rational, scientific and technological aspects of life. There seems to be no more time for the more affective expressions of religion.

  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.

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The Church is certainly a human and historical institution with all that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: the Church is the People of God, Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ. Only from this perspective can a satisfactory account be given of the Church's life and activity.

  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.

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