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News & Analysis | July 2018

Has the Countdown to the End of the Syrian War Began?

The cards suggest that the final showdown in Syria is approaching. Daraa, the city where the anti-Asad revolt – or, better, the proxy war - broke out has been disputed between the Syrian army and the Islamist forces since March 2011. After the liberation…

Dossier

Asian Spirituality. A Quest For Depth.

Nearly all major religions of the world were born in Asia. Some characteristics of Asian spirituality - inner journey, search for depth, silence, detachment nonviolence, honesty - show their significance in today’s world. An inward pilgrimage has remained central to the Asian understanding of religion. Spirituality is the removal of all obstacles on this journey to…

Spirituality as Ahimsa.

Undoubtedly, nonviolence remains at the heart of Asian spiritual tradition. It is not that Asians are less violent than others, but a longing for peace has clung to their hearts even in the most violent of times. Ahimsa, nonviolence, remains an inspiring theme in Asia among the co-nationals of Buddha and the disciples of Lao Tse.  Hence, the…

The Spirituality of Responsibility.

Chinese spiritual outlook made Confucius remind his people of their own inherited ethical convictions. Ethical traditions develop in society in response to the human need for guidance for life together. A spirituality of responsibility reminds us that our fates are interlinked and that we all must be concerned for each other and develop sensitivity for each other,'To…

Spirituality, Learning From Each Other.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama remembers a discussion he had with Thomas Merton on how the great religions of the world could learn from each other's spiritual traditions. In this era of rapid secularisation it has become all the more necessary. It is often in encounter with others that we discover ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi admits the…

Churches

Afro-Brazilian Spirituality/Candomblé. Life that flows within.

Spirit, body and the psyche are to be helped grow together in…

Mozambique. Benfica, Urban Mission.

The parish of St. Francis Xavier in the outskirts of Maputo: a…

India. In The Name Of Thomas.

Founded in Kerala fifty years ago, the Missionary Society of St Thomas…

Peru.To Share Life With People Who Are Incredibly…

As we approach the Pan-Amazonian Synod, the importance the indigenous culture. Two…

Culture

Mexico. Mazahua Weavings.

The history of these indigenous people of Mexico, who have survived…

African Cuisine. Variety and Flavours.

African cuisine offers a wide range of dishes of great flavour…

Ekebergia Capensis. Highly valued plant.

This plant plays important role in various communities for the treatment…

Central America. The Garinagu, The art of drum-making.

Garifuna music relies heavily on their drums. We look at how…

Opinion & Comment

Health Threatened by Trade Deals

Trade agreements have potentially very damaging impacts on health. They multiply precarious jobs, weaken working conditions…

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Africa. Foreigners in Their Own Homeland.

Africa is a continent 'on the move', a concept that refers mainly to the migration flows…

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Advocacy

When a People is Proud of its National Inheritance.

There is, in Scotland, a little island called Ulva, one of 790 Scottish islands, almost all very beautiful. Most are situated in four archipelagos, but…

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Baobab

How the First River Was Made.

Along long time ago, when God made this earth, He chose the mighty elephant to be king of the world. The elephant and his subjects roamed…

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Youth & Mission

The Gift of Discernment, “To Recognise” “To Interpret” and “To…

The Spirit speaks and acts through the happenings in the life of each person, which in themselves are inexplicit or ambiguous, insofar as they are open…

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