06 December 2010 | voaspecialenglish.com
Visiting the Missions Along California's Coast
Mission San Diego de Alcala
(You can download an MP3 of this story at voaspecialenglish.com) FAITH LAPIDUS: I'm Faith Lapidus. STEVE EMBER: And I'm Steve Ember with EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English. Today, we tell about the first attempts to settle what is now the western state of California. These attempts began with Spanish settlers who built twenty-one Catholic churches called missions. Our report is about those churches -- the missions of California.
Being first in line earns a devoted fan the best seat in the stadi-
um. The first runner to break the ribbon spanning the finish
line receives a gold medal. The firstborn child inherits the royal
throne. Certain advantages or privileges often accompany being the
first, but sometimes the price paid is considerable.
Subsistence agriculture to produce cassava, plantains, cocoyams, yams, maize, ground-
nuts, etc, mainly for home consumption, is the main activity on the plain. Small
quantities of cocoa (for sale) and coffee (mainly for home consumption) are produced.
There are smallholder cooperative associations at lloani and Mbongo villages which pro-
duce palm oil , from two small Stork mills of 5t FFB per day capacity. The oi l is sold
on the local market through the Catholic Mission at Mbonge. Members earn about
110 000 CFAF a year from palm oil .
Paragraph 4. Christ's Faithful - Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life
871 "The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ's priestly, prophetic, and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world, in 385 accord with the condition proper to each one.