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Jay Mazzocchi

Roman Catholic bishop, was born in Jones County, Georgia, the son of Michael Morris Healy, a planter, and his slave Eliza Clark. James's early years were spent in the insular world of Healy's 1,600-acre plantation. When he reached school age, James and his brothers Hugh and Patrick Healy were placed by their father in a Quaker school in Flushing, New York. Eventually all nine of the Healy siblings, including Michael Healy and Eliza Healy, left Georgia for the North.

In 1844 Healy and his brothers transferred to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, a new Jesuit school established by Bishop John Bernard Fitzpatrick of Boston. Healy thrived in his new environment, excelling academically and experiencing a spiritual awakening that led to his decision to enter the priesthood in 1848 The Jesuit novitiate was in Maryland a slave state so with the help ...

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Liliana Obregón

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 ...

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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 ...