Page 2, 26th June 1970

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Page 2, 26th June 1970 — Sandals to aid leprosy patients

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Locations: Santos, Luanda


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Sandals to aid leprosy patients

A N Anglican artist, Mr. 1-AGeoffrey May, 20, is being sent to Tanzania in September by the Catholic Institute for International Relations to start an orthopaedic footwear scheme for patients crippled by leprosy.

Although leprosy sufferers often develop grossly deformed limbs, special sandals of the right materials can give them a new life by allowing them to return to their villages.

MT. May has already spent a year working among leprosy patients in Malawi. It will cost £1,400 to send him to Africa for two years. Most of this will have to be found from private subscriptions or sponsorship, or the scheme cannot take place.

EXPERIMENTS Initially, he will work in a leprosarium, experimenting with various materials until he finds an ideal combination of convenience, durability and cost.

Representatives from all leprosariums in the country can then attend a course at the orthopaedic leprosy footwear workshop and be taught how to make the sandals.

They will return to their local leprosariums, develop footwear in that area, and then report to Mr. May on the progress and problems of their work.

Negro bishop consecrated in Angola

THE first Negro bishop in Portugal's African territories since the 16th century has been consecrated at Luanda, Angola.

He is Auxiliary Bishop Muaca of Luanda, who was consecrated by Archbishop Nunes Gabriel of Luanda; Bishop Gomes Junqueira, C.S.Sp., of Nova Lisboa. and Bishop Moreira dos Santos, O.F.M., of Carmona e SaoSalvador.

In a pastoral letter issued earlier. Archbishop Nunes Gabriel said the new bishop would have special powers todedicate himself to the religious, ethnic and socioeconomic problems of the Angolan people and to advise the archbishop on the measures necessary to solve them.

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