Education has traditionally always been in the hands of the Catholic Church. Of the 580 girls enrolled at St Joseph’s Secondary school, in the Diocese of Makeni, only 50 are catholic, yet they all pray the “Pater Noster” together © Aid to the Church in Need
By Mónica Zorita
The Catholic charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently undertook its first official fact-finding visit to Sierra Leone in order to better focus its aid programmes in the country, which until now have centred above all on addressing the emergency situations arising from the bloody Civil War and more recently the Ebola virus outbreak. Now, however, the charity wants to concentrate on spiritual formation and encouraging new religious vocations in the Church, given that the country is beginning to enter a more stable period, after going through one of the most dramatic decades in its history.