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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Book review – Criminal migrants

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  Salvatore Palidda is Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Education of the University of Genoa, Italy. He has published extensively on migration and migrants. He has also organized several workshops and international meeting tackling issues regarding migrations and the rights of migrants. This book is the result of one such workshop. Palidda has…

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Book Review – A world of diversity

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  The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences dedicated its plenary session in 2011 to analysing developments in human rights worldwide. Human rights are increasingly quoted in international relations, but not always observed with the same dedication. This volume brings together the 34 inputs given by various specialists on the theme of religious freedom. The Pontifical…

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Proverbs – Well of wisdom

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People can be diffident and hard to be convinced. At least this is what they say in Cameroon, because “if a bird does not recognize a tree, it will not rest on it”.  Yet, Senegalese know that quality attracts people more than just words: “all birds will flock to a fruitful tree. So watch out…

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Music – Mohammed Wardi

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  A young man left Swarda, a small village in the Sudanese side of Nubia, over seventy years ago. He rose to musical glory in Sudan and Egypt, the two countries he most sang during his long career, spanning over a half century. Mohammed Osman Wardi died last February and leave behind a treasury of…

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Colombia – The milk man

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He lives in Tumaco, a fairly large town in south-west Colombia. The local reality is that of armed groups, cocaine trafficking, hundreds of violent killings every year. To earn money, he sells soya milk, which he prepares, and lives in a palafitte which he rents like everyone else in the neighbourhood. He is Father Franco…

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Burundi – Moving on

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  Father Sergio Marchetto is a Xaverian Missionary from northern Italy. He has been working in Burundi since 1966. We asked Father Marchetto a few questions about the Church in his adoptive country. During your time in Burundi how did evangelization develop? Evangelization has had a great expansion. When I arrived in 1966 the Church…

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Sudan – Nuba Gospel

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  The Nuba people in Kordofan are once again attacked by the government of Khartoum, which does little to hide its dislike of free minded people. A missionary remembers his experience among the Nuba during the second civil war. Even though the Nuba are now fighting a renewed war for freedom, these words remain valid…

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Kenya – Kutoka network

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  In Nairobi, the width of a road is often enough to divide affluence from poverty. Ngong Road leaves the city centre to reach the famous hills west of Nairobi. For a few miles, one sees only government buildings, neat houses, and commercial centres. At the crossing with Kilimani Ring Road, one can turn left.…

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Lake Tana – Holy islands

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  With its many islands and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Lake Tana was a natural venue for people searching deep spirituality. Many of the islands of this beautiful lake hosted, probably since the fourth century, some of the oldest Christian sites in Ethiopia. Very little remains of that era. Of the first settlements we have…

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Gondar – New iconography

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  The spirit of Ethiopian Christianity is expressed not only in works of great architectural merit and originality, but in a wide range of artistic creations: in wall paintings – together with architecture, they represent the most relevant aspect of the artistic richness of Ethiopia -, illuminated manuscripts, processional crosses, books of benedictions, and in…

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Debra Damo – Mystic experience

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  Those wishing to journey into the past ought to go to Debra Damo. It is the oldest Ethiopic monastery and a symbol of the Ethiopian monastic experience. Debra Damo is found 90 km north-east of Axum, immersed in a spectacular landscape with deep canyons and surrounded by many ambas – mountains with a flat…

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Ethiopian Church – Rooted in the past

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 Legends have it that the Apostle Matthew went to Ethiopia to evangelize the people and eventually died there. History somehow differs. Christianity arrived in Ethiopia thanks to Syrian missionaries. The first two, unwilling, missionaries were Aedesius and Frumentius, two brothers from Tyre who shipwrecked near Adulis, in the Red Sea, at the beginning of the…

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Advocacy

The Fight of Larzac

Land grabbing is a phenomenon whose extent, rhythm, and continuity are becoming a threat: at least 50 million hectares of agricultural land was sold or…

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Baobab

Nigeria. The Mother’s Song

A long time ago, in the outskirts of Jago village, there lived a lioness and her cub, whose name was Kayo. The lioness was very fond…

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Youth & Mission

The Pope Announces A Meeting Of Young People Ahead Of…

The Pope announced that from 19 to 24 March 2018 - in view of the Synod of Bishops on young people in the following October -…

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