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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Who we are

Southworld web magazine is produced by the Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers), a Catholic missionary institute. The Comboni Missionaries work in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In Europe, the Comboni Missionaries are present in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They work in missionary animation, and foster the knowledge of the…

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Philippines/1 – A radical optimist

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Tony Meloto, 61, is perhaps the most inspiring living Filipino. He made a life-changing faith experience in a Metro Manila slum. He founded Gawad Kalinga as an expression of his faith and love for the poor. He says: ìI am a radical optimist because I believe in Jesus Christ.î How has Gawad Kalinga (Give Care)…

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The Pastoral Cycle

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The social tradition of the Church has developed over the years a pastoral methodology to address social issues that brings together in dialogue social and human sciences, and faith tradition. The origin of such a systematic approach dates back to the 1920s, initiated within the movement of the Young Christian Workers of the Belgian priest…

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Book review – Sharpeville

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In the history of nations there are always events that function as watershed. They are the peaks of a journey where things can be define either before or after them. In the long journey to freedom in South Africa there are many such events: the Zulu empire, the Great Trek, the British concentration camps to…

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Passing on hope

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A group of Portuguese missionaries met to share their experiences and visions of evangelization. “Following the Brazilian Church’s appeal to become aware of its missionary call, I see important to participate in missionary animation of the local Church”, says Fr. Joaquim Fonseca, who works in Rondonia. “In Brazil, today, no one feels ashamed of talking…

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Egypt – Crossroads of Change

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‘The people are afraid. The revolution has provided a historic opening for equality and freedom for people of all faiths in Egypt but the prospects for Christians depend on the future government’.Such were the recent remarks of Antonios Naguib, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria. In many respects they encapsulate the sense of deep uncertainty…

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Book review – Peacebuilding

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This groundbreaking volume is the result of a four-year research project (2005-2008) sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN), in collaboration with the Krok Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Bernardin Centre for Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Union in Chicago. The book develops as an extended…

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Cinema – Visions of Zanzibar

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At the end of June, Zanzibar welcomed once again its own film festival, the ZIFF. The 14th edition of the festival, themed Season of Visions, presented a vast selection of films, documentaries, short stories, cartoons and experimental movies. The large participation of emerging film makers underlines how the ZIFF has become an important rendezvous for…

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Philippines/2 – The poor as family

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See the first part of this interview here. Did Couples for Christ accept such an approach? Many members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) didnít understand or they didnít believe in what I was doing. But since I was a member of the council and I was in charge of the familiesí ministries, particularly Youth…

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World Youth Day – Madrid Africana

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Roselyn, a Kenyan social worker in her twenties, greeted Benedict XVI in Swahili and – in front of a mammoth crowd of one and a half million youth – asked him about the meaning of life in the midst of poverty and pain. She was one of five young people from different parts of the…

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The Social Gospel

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The social tradition of the Church derives from the social implications of the Gospel and from the demands of social justice that are central to the relationship between God and the people in the biblical tradition. The prophetic tradition is just one outstanding example of how faith and fidelity to Yahweh requires just and life-giving…

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Justice and Peace -The rise of awareness

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In this issue of Southworld, we publish a dossier on Justice and Peace within the Catholic Tradition. These articles were written by Francesco Pierli, founder of the Institute of Social Ministry of Nairobi, Alberto Parise and Gilbert Pattersen, who also work at that Institute.       The Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace was founded after…

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Advocacy

Ezekiel Ramin, a martyr of advocacy.

Advocacy is a process that impacts, in an organized and systematic way, public interest issues. It speaks in defense of human, economical and political rights…

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Baobab

The tortoise and the drum

One day, the tortoise was walking along a forest path when he came across a palm tree that had plenty of palm kernel fruits. The tortoise…

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Youth & Mission

The joy of life

One of the most exciting things about growing up is realizing just how much there is for us in life. “I want it all and I…

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