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Matumelo Mokhali, 34, of Poortjie, South Africa, with daughter Relebohile, 11, and son Thusang, 6. She and Relebohile get free antiretroviral drugs from a Catholic charity.
Matumelo Mokhali, 34, of Poortjie, South Africa, with daughter Relebohile, 11, and son Thusang, 6. She and Relebohile get free antiretroviral drugs from a Catholic charity. (Globe Staff Photo / John Donnelly) Globe Staff Photo / John Donnelly

In Africa, a vibrant yet conflicted faith

Some Catholics defy Rome, shaping church to continent's needs, customs

By John Donnelly
Globe Staff / April 11, 2005

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POORTJIE, South Africa -- Every night in the Mokhali house, the Payi house, and hundreds of other homes in the sprawling shantytowns south of Johannesburg, people give thanks in their prayers for the Roman Catholic Church. (Full article: 1471 words)

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