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African Human Rights Law Journal

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SOUROU, Jean-Baptiste. African traditional religion and the Catholic Church in light of the Synods for Africa: 1994 and 2009. Afr. hum. rights law j. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.1, pp.142-149. ISSN 1996-2096.

This article describes the relationship between African traditional religions and the Catholic Church as it has evolved following the two Synods for Africa in 1994 and 2009, which themselves followed from and reflected the new openness to interreligious dialogue in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The article chronicles the various actions and pronouncements of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue concerning relations with ATR, as well as the post-Synodal exhortations of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on evangelisation and African religions.

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