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Holy waters: the spiritual journey of African migrants – in pictures

The Guardian - Thu Apr 8 06:00

Friar Oscar Omaringabo, from the Order of the Minor Friars of the Democratic Republic of Congo

‘I came to Sicily to participate in the feast of Saint Benedict the African. For Africans today, even myself as a clergyman, it is not easy to walk. We’re painted with the stereotypical image of the migrant. So, how did this migrant, Benedict, who was Black and African, get to be honoured in this way here? I participate in this feast and I wonder what differentiates us humans. Is it geographical origin or the cultural one? And what unites us in the end? It’s humanity, dignity, sacrality’