Bamako, 01 April, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has donated money towards the facilitation of Islamic studies for Priests and seminarians in West Africa.
In a Monday, March 29 report, ACN officials indicate that they have set aside a grant for the Institute for Islamic-Christian Formation (IFIC) in Bamako, Mali, and another amount for St. Augustine’s Major Seminary Jos within the Archdiocese of Jos in Nigeria.
The grant to be received by the leadership of IFIC, an initiative of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (MAfr.), also known as White Fathers, is for the construction of an accommodation facility for students and lecturers in the school.
According to the March 29 report, the Bamako-based Institute of Interreligious studies that hosts about 150 students, half of them Priests from different West African countries, has “very limited space to accommodate them all.”
“A lecture hall with an attached accommodation block for the students and professors would be a real boost for the IFIC’s work promoting peace, and would give new impetus to the ongoing dialogue,” say the ACN officials in the March 29 report.