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Thirty-fifth Annual Pilgrimage to The Shrine Of Our Lady of Peace, Kunkujang Mariama

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By Philip Saine On Saturday  9  December  2023,  The Diocese of Banjul celebrated the 35 th  Ann ual  pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace  at Kunkujang .  On the eve  of the  pilgrimage,   the Catholic Diocesan Youth Committee held a ‘Walk’ that extended from Tanji  Bridge to Kunkujang Mariama   a distance of 8.1 km .  The theme for the walk was  ‘Journeying with Mary towards a  S y n o da l  Church’ . It was a worthy activity   because Mary  deserve d  every walk to the Shrine      T he 35 th  Ann ual  pilgrimage  was a prayerful all-day celebration  that attracted  an  unmatched   large  crowd  and was  unique  in many ways  because   of the following:  1.  Fr John  (Jackie)  Sharpe CSSp,  a renowned  apostle of The Gambia,  a giant evangelist and  a  principal Co-founder of the Shrine, appeared in person . He first arrived in The Gambia in the year  1965 and  after completion of his missionary  service returned home  to   Ireland  in 2009 .  Some remembered him as a Priest

Cost of Living: Bakawsu Calls African Leaders to Eradicate Hunger

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  By Sheriff Saidykhan Imam Bakawsu Fofana, the renowned Islamic scholar has called on African leaders to fight and eradicate hunger, amid the price hike of basic commodities in the markets. He made these remarks on Friday in his sermon at Casamance. “I am calling the African leaders, including President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Adama Barrow of The Gambia and Umaro Sissoco Embal√≥ President of Guinea Bissau to fight and eradicate hunger as the way coronavirus was defeated,” he said.  He further urged African government's to bring economic experts in their various countries, and chart ways geared towards eradicating hunger.  “I am urging them to bring economic experts together, and critically look at the economy and device ways to end inflation and eradicate hunger,” he urged.   African leaders and ministers need to cut their salaries, this he said will create employment and enhance the living conditions of people.  “The salaries of President's can pay 100 people. So let