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Angolan bishop worried about witchdoctors

Archbishop Anastacio Cahango of the Angolan capital Luanda has spoken out against the use of "kimbandas" (witchdoctors) when Catholics are seeking to resolve problems afflicting their lives.

"We Africans, especially, have the habit to turn to "kimbandas" to get a solution to several cases such as illness, money, luck, death among others," he said during his Sunday homily at Sagrada Familia Church.

"I want to warn that this is not the right path. Many times we are mislead by those false prophets taking us to conflicts with our friends and families", he stressed, adding that for the religious person, men should face the contradictions of life with faith in God because He is the only path, true and life.

He appealed to the faithful to cultivate a spirit of loving their neighbour, including tolerance and forgiving others.

Catholic Bishop Encourages Faithful to Practice Good Actions (Angola Press Agency/ 4/7/04)

Bispo da Igreja Católica exorta fiéis a praticarem boas acções (Angola Press 4/7/04)

7 Jul 2004