Regina Mundi Church, Soweto, South Africa.

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With all eyes on South Africa, here is a link to the story of the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, in Soweto, Johannesburg, dubbed the "Struggle Church" for its role in the anti-Apartheid struggle.

Today's feature website is actually a page of the official website of the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, which provides historical and tourist information on the popularly acclaimed "People's Cathedral" of the city.

The publishers of the website write: "No trip to Soweto is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, Soweto's largest Catholic Church. Not only has the vast church always been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township's history of resistance against apartheid."

The broken marble altar, the bullet holes in the ceilings and the damaged figure of Christ all bear testimony to a 1976 police raid on the Church, while glorious stained-glass recounts the struggle for racial equality, and features Mandela's image.

Read on at http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&id=984&Itemid=168

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