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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Book Review – Jesus of Galilee

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  In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI posed the question to Christian believers and scholars, “What has Jesus really brought…if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world?”. In response to the Pope’s challenge, a group of theologians from around the world gathered in Galilee to reflect about the significance of Jesus…

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Inculturation – He could not find God

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  The following story was created out of discussions with the Christians in Iramba Parish, Musoma Diocese, Tanzania on how to communicate the joyful and saving message of Christmas in a fresh and African way. Once upon a time, all the people lived in one big valley, in large extended families. These people were ordinary…

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Museum – African flow

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  In the shadow of the Tour Eiffel, skirted by the Seine, there is a museum dedicated to world culture. “This museum is the result of the merging of two older collections. The first came from the Museum of Ethnography at the Trocadero, the oldest French institution dedicated to Africa and other parts of the…

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African Cinema – Fresh ideas

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  The very first Festival of African Cinema in Italy took place in Verona in 1981. Today, 31 years later, it is still going strong. It has also become one of the beacons of African cinema in Europe. The Festival has shown great vitality, going from the militant films of the 1980s to modern production,…

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Somalia – Searching a Real State

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  Martino Diez, of the magazine Oasis, interviewed Giorgio Bertin, Bishop of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu, about the situation in Somalia What events have led to the famine in Somalia, what is happening? The famine is the direct consequence of the lack of rain. According to statistics a similar situation had not been…

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Lay missionaries – I am here

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  Southworld received this letter sent by Elias Gomes, a Portuguese registered nurse and Comboni Lay Missionary working in the Central African Republic. Here are some excerpts: We are approaching the end of the year. Already some time ago I finished the language course and the integration period. But I still do not feel ready…

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Holy Land – Return to the beginning

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  Aisha’s family is large and very poor. It is made up of nine people: Aisha, her husband Samir and seven children. Samir is employed as a mechanic, but his health has deteriorated considerably as a result of having been imprisoned for several years for political reasons. Aisha is seeking to earn something for her…

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Pope in Africa – Land of hope

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  Pope Benedict XVI visited Benin on November 18 – 20 to give the African Church the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Africae Munus. Meeting with government and religious officials at the presidential palace on the 19th, he delivered an important speech. We publish here some excerpts. Speaking on other occasions, I have often joined the word…

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Energy in Africa – Power spare wheels

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  Africa boasts a considerable potential of all kinds of renewable energy but time is running short. The generation capacity increase forecast for the African continent is estimated at 28 GW over the next five years. “But what happens if there are delays in the expansion plans?” asked Aggreko International’s Managing Director for North &…

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Energy in Africa – Money, money, money

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The World Bank Group has sufficient resources to finance three to five times more projects than it currently does, according to Alain Ebobisse, the Chief Investment officer at the Infrastructure Department,. But the bad news is the lack of bankable projects. Indeed, most African electricity companies require state guarantees to cover the credit risk of…

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Energy in Africa – Hydroelectric giants

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Beside the Congo basin, the continent boasts from other hydroelectric potential. The largest is in Ethiopia and is estimated by Civil Engineer Solomon Seyoum Hailu between 15,000 MW and 30,000 MW, out of which only a fraction has been harnessed. Recently, some projects have been difficult to implement such as the 420 MW Gilgel Gibe…

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Energy in Africa – Great potential

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  Since last June, the river Congo levels have considerably decreased to an historical low since 1905, as a result of a severe drought. Only 5 of the 14 turbines of the Inga I and Inga II dams were operational in August, and the capital, Kinshasa was suffering from even more power cuts than average,…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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