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News & Analysis | August 2016

Brexit’s shockwave hits Africa

The decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union has already started to hit Africa and more is to come.  Only a few days after the 23 June, the result of the British referendum has started to have immediate consequences in…

Dossier

Coptic Churches of Ethiopia

A journey among the Coptic churches of Ethiopia. In search of the Christian roots... Axum was Christian even well before much of Europe: from this point of view Ethiopia is also quite unique in Africa. Christianity, which according to the tradition of the Ethiopian church arrived in the country at Axum, from the times of the apostles,…

Debre Damo, the mystical experience

A journey back in time is certainly what Debre Damo ofers, the oldest preserved Ethiopian monastery, and an emblematic situation of the Ethiopian monastic experience. At about ninety kilometers north-east of Axum - in a spectacular landscape, marked by deep canyons and framed by the flat profile of large ambe, the mountains with the summit on a…

Debra Maryam, dug into the rock

Apart from the surroundings of Lalibela, two areas outside the cities have a particular concentration of churches and monasteries. One is that of Tigray, between the cities of Adigrat and Mekele, the other that of Lake Tana. The Tigray historic churches are basically rock churches, in whole or in large part excavated in the rock or created…

Lalibela, the Ethiopian Jerusalem

The apotheosis of Christian worship in Ethiopia is Lalibela, which is named after the sovereign who lived between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. At the time, the expansion of Islam had made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem difficult for the faithful: King Lalibela then thought of setting up an Ethiopian Jerusalem, complete with Golgotha, the Sepulchre, Jordan and…

Churches

World Council of Churches. Towards a missionary ecumenical…

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has chosen Africa for the next…

Philippines. Fighting together

A group of religious from different congregations oppose, even at risk of…

Brazil. Committed to helping young people

Spreading the culture of life to realities of violence and death. This…

The martyrs of Laudato sì

One year after the publication of Pope Francis’ environment Encyclical Laudato sì…

Culture

Book - The predictable rise of Boko Haram

In November 2015 a report released by the Sydney-based Institute for…

Music. Youssou N’Dour: the king’s comeback

For many Senegalese Youssou N’Dour is more than just a singer:…

Mexico. Radio Zapata, weaving communities from the heart of the mountain

A community radio that tries to improve the living conditions of…

Ibn Arabi. Poet and mystic

Mystic, philosopher, poet, sufi, Muhammad ibn al-Arabi was one of the…

Opinion & Comment

Malaysia. Africa’s Silent Partner

Talk about Africa’s international investors and partners and Malaysia’s name rarely comes up. Yet in the…

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G7, G2O, Brics and Mint. The crisis of the alternative…

ln an international system of rapid change, where states and regions of the world are trying…

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Advocacy

One hand washes the other and together they wash the…

"Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath… But this is not what he intends… He says By my own power I…

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Baobab

Swahili Myth. Heaven and Earth

When God's moment had come, He began creating the world of matter. He rolled out the day-sky and the night-sky like an immense tent, or like…

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Youth & Mission

The Olympic Game of Life

The Olympic Games are about to be declared open.  The Games inspire the Olympic Spirit whereby men and women rigorously train, condition their bodies and brains…

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