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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Is China, Africa’s true friend?

Since December 2007 when the Malawi government switched off ties with Taiwan and embraced Mainland China, the country has witnessed an influx of Chinese products most of which are of low quality. Chinese shops are littered all over the main towns and cities offering cheap goods to Malawians. Good range from toothpicks, cotton buds, spoons,…

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From Cairo… to London …to Naples, missionaries are standing by immigrants

Accompanying them at every stage of their journey to Europe, and giving the attention and care they need on their arrival. Such is the presence of missionaries among the immigrants. Already this year, more than 184,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea, up from nearly 49,000 for the same five-month period last year as…

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Central African Republic. Dialogue is the way

“The walls of mistrust and separation can be knocked down by dialogue and solidarity. Fear is the first enemy of peace and brotherhood among communities”. After four years of civil war in the Central African Republic, peace is gradually coming back. The Catholic Archbishop of the capital Bangui, Mons. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, talked to us about…

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Music – Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music star, but for Papa Wemba, Fr. Federico Lombardi made what can be regarded as a notable exception. The Jesuit priest, as director of the press office of the Holy See, has more often to deal with the interpretation of…

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Africa. American mercenaries at the service of Chinese companies

Erik Prince, founder of the controversial private security contractor Blackwater to advise and support Chinese investments in oil, mining and other sectors in the African continent. Erik Prince, a former member of the United States Navy SEALs, founded the Blackwater in 1997, when he turned the family company, a supplier to the automobile manufacturing industry,…

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Angola. In search of the lost billions.

According to the main opposition party, UNITA, over US $ 170 billion of oil revenues are missing and it urges President dos Santos to tell where they’ve gone. The late Angola specialist, French political scientist Christine Messiant and some of her colleagues revealed some 16 years ago, the existence a “Bermuda Triangle”, where oil revenues…

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Giving our lives for others

What brings out the crowds to cheer on a hero, a liberator, like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many more. They had a common goal to bring justice, freedom and truth to the world. These great people despite their human frailties gave their lives for others without counting the cost. They are…

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Brazil. Lele for Beatification

Thirty years ago, they killed Fr. Ezekiel (Lele) Ramin, a Comboni Missionary working in Caocal, in the state of Rondonia. He was only 32. “A Martyr of Charity” Pope John Paul II called him a few days after his death. The diocesan process for beatification has already begun. As the old jeep moves swiftly along…

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Lebanon. Bitter Cedars

The internal security is at high risk. The central institutions are moving towards extinction. Lebanon continues to remain without a president of the republic. Millions of refugees old and new. The Lebanese security situation is becoming more and more dangerous. There are almost daily signals confirming that the country is heading into a very dangerous…

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Mexico. The Xitas, the symbol of cultural continuity.

Temascalcingo is a small municipality in the north-western area of the State of Mexico.  The name of this town comes from a Nahuatl word meaning ‘place of the small temascal’ (a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge). Here, myths of origin have become traditions re-enacted at festive gatherings held year after year with the involvement of the entire…

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South Sudan. The Lokoya. A people’s comunity life

The Lokoya people are situated in Eastern Equatoria in the Southern Sudan.  They are estimated to be around thirty thousand people. The economic activities of the community are carried out in accordance with the season of the year. They have four seasons: dry season, wet season, mid-rainy season and harvest season. Some aspects of their…

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Poverty & Exploitation

The Cambodian people are, on average, very young, engaged in the difficult search for well being, ready to forget but can no longer ignore the tragedy they suffered. They are ready to implement concretely, within the limits determined by politics and social conventions, their desire for justice. With public life characterized by corruption and the…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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