posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 09:37 AM
Speaking of Christianity and Africa, the pope appointed a few new cardinals today.
One of those elevated to the College of Cardinals was American Archbishop James M. Harvey, who currently serves as prefect of the papal household,
according to Vatican Radio.
The others were Bechara Boutros Rai, a Maronite patriarch from Lebanon; Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, an Indian archbishop and head of the
Syro-Malankara Church; Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria; Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Colombia; and
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines.
I was pretty surprise to find, upon further research, that there were already 18 cardinals from Africa. More than I expected. From 16 different
Pope Benedict XVI this week announced the creation of 24 new cardinals, four from Africa. The four new princes from the Africa are:
Cardinal-designate Medardo Joseph Mazombwe of Zambia 79, Cardinal-designate Antonios Naguib, 75, Cardinal-designate Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of
Kinshasa, 71 and Cardinal-designate Robert Sarah, 65.
The Vatican is deliberately attempting to expand in Africa, and these appointments serve this purpose.
Africa is being more and more seen as a hotspot for economic development in the 21st century. Naturally, Islam and Christianity are fighting for
influence throughout the continent.
That's sub-saharan Africa, so it doesn't include the predominantly Islamic countries in the North.
The tragedy here, is that Africans are being pushed to believe ideologies of outsiders at the expense of their traditional philosophies...
Religious conquests should be a thing of the past, and I highly doubt many Africans are desperate to convert to any Abrahamic religion. The spread is
clearly a way of gaining influence of a population in order to gain willing customers and serve political agendas.
Another aspect here, when talking about religions and mystical topics, it's important to point out that Africa is seen as mysterious to many in the
west, likely with esoteric implications.
Mythology goes back to the legend of Prester John
Prester John's kingdom was thus the object of a quest, firing the imaginations of generations of adventurers, but remaining out of reach. He was a
symbol to European Christians of the Church's universality, transcending culture and geography to encompass all humanity, in a time when ethnic and
inter-religious tension made such a vision seem distant.
Marco Polo had discussed Ethiopia as a magnificent Christian land and Orthodox Christians had a legend that the nation would one day rise up
and invade Arabia, but they did not place Prester John there. Then in 1306, 30 Ethiopian ambassadors from Emperor Wedem Arad came to Europe, and
Prester John was mentioned as the patriarch of their church in a record of their visit
Might be wrong about this, but I believe some legends included Prester John being the keeper of the Holy Grail in Ethiopia.
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