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News & Analysis | October 2017

China/Panama. A New Ally On The Maritime Silk Road.

Panama breaks off from Taiwan and ties up with China Beijing. Taipei loses an important ally in Central America, the third after the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. In 1434, the Emperor of the Ming dynasty ordered  Admiral Zheng He's voyages to be stopped. The Admiral’s…

Dossier

Sufism: The Spiritual Side Of Islam.

God is the direction (qibla) of the intention (niyya), the intention is the direction of the heart (qalb), the heart is the direction of the body (jism), the body is the direction of the members, the members are the direction of the created universe (kawn). This saying, attributed to Sahl al-Tustarî (m. 283/896), expresses well the dynamic…

The History Of Sufism.

The ascetic movement (I-II/VII-VIII). – Sufism emerges in early Islamic times as an ascetic movement, a reaction against the life of luxury and corruption at the courts of the Moslem Caliphs and princes enriched by recent Islamic conquests. It was also a fidelity protest calling for a return to the original Koranic message, against the worldliness…

The “Perfect Man”.

In the sea of divine manifestations (VI-VII/XII-XIII) – Starting from the III/IX century, many currents in philosophical and religious thinking such as Platonism, Gnosticism and Hermetism had become part of Islamic thinking. Especially during the VI-VII/XII-XIII centuries, their influence is seen more clearly in Sufi thought. Sufism was increasingly the character of a sort of philosophical…

Sufi Orders (turuq).

The need to be organised in groups in following their teachings is common to all the traditional religions. It was especially during the VI-VII/XII-XIII centuries that the Sufi orders or ways saw their greatest flowering. Many believers had, in fact, developed the need to have a sure and experienced guide (shaykh) for their mystical journey. This…

Churches

Syria. Hope In Flower.

At ‘Gospel House’ for the care of the elderly, Sister Valentina Sakker,…

Peru. Stars Shine In The Sky Over The…

Announcing life and hope inTrujillo, a city in coastal Northwestern Peru, where…

World Mission Day. Mission at the Heart of…

This year’s World Mission Day will celebrated on  October 22, under the…

Philippines. Bringing Healthcare To The Mountain.

Sr. Eva Maamo and her team of doctors at the Foundation of…

Culture

Catharanthus roseus. An Anti-Cancer Plant.

It is one of the well-known medicinal plants that has its…

Uganda. The Runyege Dance Would Earn You A Wife In Tooro.

Tooro Kingdom which is one of the four traditional Kingdoms in…

The Andes. The Wool Of The Gods.

Alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas are essential to life for Andean…

South Sudan. The Nuer.The Traditional Marriage

The Nuer are a tribe of South Sudan numbering about two…

Opinion & Comment

Colombia. So Many Questions To Be Answered.

The signing of the Havana Peace Accords between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of…

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South Africa. The Lost Legacy Of Oliver Tambo.

Tambo was an exemplary servant leader, one who took charge not for his or her own…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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