Abigail Frymann, in a recent article in The Tablet, has an interesting and hopeful article on the tremendous rise in the use of cellular telephones in Africa: from 54 million to 350 million between 2003 and 2008, to the point that more than a third of Africans now owns a mobile phone. A photo shows an African herdsman talking on his phone while surrounded by his cattle. The new technology is already transforming personal,social, economic and political realities on the continent.

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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