- Nov 26, 2020
Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu and president of Caritas Somalia, says Mass for only 15 people on Sunday because most are too scared to participate since the extremist crackdown in the area. Even though there are challenges ahead, Bertin sees signs of hope.
There’s only a single Catholic church in Somalia: St. Anthony of Padua in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region. Saying Mass has been and continues to be “very dangerous,” Bishop Giorgio Bertin told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Somalia is an unlikely place to go looking for inspiration. It is the dictionary definition of a “fragile state,” where an estimated 500,000 people have died in a civil war that’s been underway for 30 years, and where famine and poverty often claim even more lives than armed combat. The