It is Giada Frana who told the story of the “White Sisters” in Tunis on www.santalessandro.org. Their name comes from their white clothing, adapted to that of the population of North Africa. Officially they are the Missionary sisters of Our Lady of Africa, a congregation founded in 1869 by Cardinal Charles Lavigerie: the prelate first founded in Algeria the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, but he very soon realized that to come into contact with families it was necessary to focus on women. It was the Belgian religious Chantal who told the story of the community in Tunis: “Our mission is to be beside African women, whether they are Christian or Muslim, to train them in such a way that they can carry out their role in the family and in society. Education begins with woman”. Besides, especially after the Second Vatican Council, these Sisters have been dedicated to interreligious dialogue, seeking dialogue between the Arab-Muslim and Western cultures. “We organize conferences to speak of current events and an ongoing formation in Islamology, missiology, the dialogue of cultures and religions, addressed both to religious personnel and to all those who wish to have a better knowledge of the Muslim religion and a deeper knowledge of the Christian religion. Other activities in which we take part involve guiding women in so-called “mixed marriages” which we call marriages of religious disparity, sustaining them in their journey of faith in a country with a Muslim majority”.
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