Cardinal Lavigerie and the African Slave Trade by Richard Frederick Clarke

By Richard Frederick Clarke

In 1889 the Jesuit Richard F. Clarke released this biography of Charles Lavigerie (1825-1892), the French cardinal and Primate of Africa. From the instant of his arrival in Algeria in 1868, Lavigerie turned a key, if occasionally debatable, determine in setting up Catholic missions in Africa. In 1874 he based the Society of Missionaries for Africa, in a different way often called the White Fathers after the white Arab costume they wore. Lavigerie's later profession used to be dedicated to the conflict opposed to slavery and in 1888 he performed a crusade in different ecu capitals denouncing the perform. Clarke's ebook, which seemed a 12 months after Lavigerie's stopover at to London, offers an account of the cardinal's profession in France and Africa as much as that date. It emphasises and praises Lavigerie's anti-slavery message, relating him within the preface as 'the apostle of the slaves of all Africa'.

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Funds having been thus obtained, and the new Society fairly set on foot, the next step was to secure the approval of the Holy See. Cardinal Moiiot kindly consented to accept the office of president, and also to solicit the approbation of the reigning Pontiff, Pius IX. This was graciously and readily granted by means of LIFE IN FRANCE 15 two Briefs, dated respectively December 13, 1857, and January 29, 1858, wherein every encouragement is given to the work, and numerous indulgences are granted both to the priests who direct the Society and the laity who assist in carrying it on.

The bishop of this diocese died a few years subsequently, and the vacant see was offered to me. I could not repress a secret smile as I pictured to myself the discomfiture of the unlucky priest, should he find himself obliged solemnly to induct into his church the very man he had so unceremoniously thrust out of it. " ' Funds having been thus obtained, and the new Society fairly set on foot, the next step was to secure the approval of the Holy See. Cardinal Moiiot kindly consented to accept the office of president, and also to solicit the approbation of the reigning Pontiff, Pius IX.

As on a former occasion, M. Lavigerie had no room left for deliberation, his duty being simply to obey. His new office constituted him Domestic Prelate to his Holiness and a member of the highest tribunal of the Roman Court, and he took his departure for Eome in October 1861. In accepting his new dignities he had expressly stipulated that he should be allowed to retain the direction of the Society for Promoting Education in the East, and to found in Eome a council in connection with it in order that this Society should thenceforth have two centres or headquarters—one in Paris, and the other in the capital of Christendom.

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