Bartolomé de Las Casas is a controversial figure, whose prolific and complex writings continue to raise questions after five centuries of study and debate. Though known as the most unrelenting advocate of Native American interests before the Spanish Crown, he endorsed the colonial system and played a role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade Throughout his life he denounced the violence and abuse that were inherent in Spanish policies towards Native Americans while he proposed more benevolent forms of colonization As a strategic reformist and in the hope of saving indigenous lives he initially advocated that imported African slaves be used in place of Native American forced laborers However towards the end of his life Las Casas regretted his promotion of black slavery and was deeply troubled by having condoned any form of human bondage Ironically through his repentance he became the first colonist of the sixteenth century to denounce ...
Kahiudi C. Mabana
Roman Catholic metropolitan archbishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), was born on 7 October 1939 in Mongobele in the Mai-Ndombe (Bandundu). His eponym Ngwo means “princely” among the Sakatas. After primary school in Nioki, Monsengwo from 1951 to 1957 attended the minor seminary in Bokoro, which then belonged to the apostolic vicarage of Inongo. He then studied philosophy at the major seminary in Kabwe from 1957 to 1960. On 12 October 1960 he went to Rome, where he obtained a diploma in theology from the Urbaniana pontifical university in 1963 and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian in Rome on 21 October 1963.
Following his exegetic studies at the Biblicum in Rome, in 1971 Monsengwo was the first African to receive a doctorate in biblical exegesis. His thesis deals with techniques of translating the Septuagint, La Notion de Nomos dans le Pentateuque Grec ...