Religion: Africa's Artistic Resurrection

Amid poverty and starvation, Christian faith and native talent are inspiring a wealth of religious works

Africa is a continent crucified by famine and war, pestilence and poverty. For Christianity, however, it is a continent of resurrection. Even as older churches in Europe and the U.S. are emptying, faith is thriving in the sprawling lands south of the Sahara. As is so often the case, spiritual strength is inspiring -- and being inspired by -- an outpouring of artistic creation. "We are on the verge of a golden age in African Christian art," proclaims Jesuit Father Engelbert Mveng of Cameroon. "The movement cannot be stopped, and it is bursting out in flower all over Africa."

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