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News & Analysis | July 2017

The North Africa fight between AQIM and IS.

North Africa is one of the battlefields of the fight between the two major organizations within the jihadist galaxy, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS). Al Qaeda’s branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is prevailing but IS cells are still dangerous. Since…

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Kenya. Journey into Pökot Cultural Heritage.

“ Rocks or hills can never meet.  Only our peoples can come together”.   A Pökot saying Under the acacia tree, Makiab, the old man, was looking at the Mountain Tiatiy, a sacred mountain, 'where the sun rises and where the Pökot believe life started'. He was looking afar. He was remembering the time when as a young…

The Birth of a Pökot Child.

When a pregnant woman is about to deliver usually other women, most probably two, help her. One of them is an expert mid-wife; this lady is called kama echö. When the mother is about to give birth and her pains have started she is given an amulet to chew. This amulet is a piece of wood…

The Rite of Initiation: Sapana

Sapana  is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become recognised as adult men. Only after the rite, will they be considered as adults meaning that they will be allowed to sit at the meetings with the elders, ‘kokwö’, and participate in sacrifices, ‘kirket’. Early in the morning, before the sun comes…

Pökot Marriage.

Boys and girls meet at dance parties or at communal work or while tending domestic animals. When a kind of friendship has developed, a type of secret engagement may take place. And when the young man is fully decided he tells his father and both go to the girl's home to break the news. The parents…

Churches

Portugal. Comboni Missionaries, 70 years of active presence.

This year, the Comboni Missionaries are celebrating seventy years of their presence…

Taizé. A parable of the community

How does the Ecumenical Community of Taizé plan to promote social development…

South Sudan. Education to change a country.

A country in search of peace. A secondary school in Juba is…

Comboni Missionaries. A 150 year walk.

They are celebrating the 150th year of their foundation. The event is…

Culture

Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700…

Mexico. The Mesoamerican Ball Game.

Archaeologists have identified more than 1,500 ball courts to date. These…

Ecuador. Ancient culture and tradition in a hat.

The 'toquilla' straw hat is a fine example of the history,…

Kenya/Maasai. The Enkipaata Ceremony

There are two types of enkipaata, a ceremony before circumcision, one…

Opinion & Comment

Libya. Duel between Russia and the United States.

The Kremlin is relying on General Khalifa Haftar to gain a foothold in Libya. It is…

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The Destruction of Forests.

The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares…

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Advocacy

Living as Advocacy.

As members from diverse religious traditions, or even from an a-religious society, we all share a dream to end extreme poverty. The world has achieved remarkable…

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Baobab

How the Leopard Got His Beautiful Spots.

One morning, once upon a time, the tortoise had a very pleasant surprise when he came out of his hiding place under a rock. He found…

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Youth & Mission

2018 - The Synod of Bishops. A New Questionnaire For…

A new questionnaire invites people from ages 16-29 to help the world's bishops prepare for their 2018 Synod gathering on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational…

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