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Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Church in Amazonia: Condemnation and Proclamation

It is three years since a meeting in Brasilia between the bishops of the region, priests, missionaries, lay people, representatives of Caritas and local Catholic organisations, when the Pan Amazonia Red Ecclesial (REPAM) was created. This instrument aimed at uniting the various ecclesial resources present in the nine Latin-American countries, including Amazonian territory. We discussed…

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Black Beauty. An African Perspective.

Africans have a big and rich diversity of cultures, beliefs, languages and ways of life. From this background the conception of beauty is not uniform throughout the continent. Two big parameters can be used as a bridge and offer a unified perspective: the different relevance given to external and internal beauty In some African cultures,…

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Brazil. Dark Clouds Over Amazonia.

On the one hand organised crime, assassins, the systematic destruction of the Amazon rainforest. On the other the defenders of the environment who are continually being assassinated. In the state of Rondonia, in the north of Brasil, Eder Chaves Dias and Joao Coelho try to defend the Amazon Forest by preventing the passage of the…

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Guatemala. The Feast Of Saint Thomas In Chichicastenango.

Chichicastenango is a beautiful village at the bottom of a mountain, amidst the Sierra Madre at 2,070 meters above sea level. It is located 140 km northwest of Guatemala city. The patron feast of Chichicastenango is is that of Saint Thomas Apostle, and it’s famous for its religious syncretism. We visited the place. The name…

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Former British Cameroon On The Verge Of A “Low-Intensity War”.

Tensions are rising since end 2016 in the English-speaking part of the country. Local bishops deplore a « barbaric » repression A curfew has been imposed at Bamenda, the capital of the English-speaking North-West of Cameroon, on the last 13 November after the explosion of four homemade bombs triggered by cell phones. One exploded near the police…

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Harpagophytum procumbens. An Anti-inflammatory Desert Plant.

It belongs to the Pedaliaceae plant family and is commonly referred to as devil’s claw, grapple plant, or wood spider. It is a rare, highly valuable plant which is only found widely spread in the Kalahari desert of Southern Africa especially in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Harpagophytum procumbens is a ground…

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Lebanon. An Uncertain Future.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned and then he agreed to withhold his resignation. He has accused Tehran of interfering in Lebanese affairs. The role of Hezbollah, an ally of Shiite Iran. The games of the Saudis. The war in Syria might be winding down; leaving the Baathist regime of President Bashar al-Asad in power,…

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The Pope Announces A Meeting Of Young People Ahead Of The 2018 Synod

The Pope announced that from 19 to 24 March 2018 – in view of the Synod of Bishops on young people in the following October – a pre-synodal meeting will take place “inviting young people from different parts of the world, both young Catholics and young people from different Christian denominations and other religions, as…

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China Football. Kick- off.

Purchase of European teams, players and famous coaches. What’s behind this great Chinese investment? It is not just passion for football but a clear political and economic project. The Chinese football phenomenon is developing in parallel with the country’s economic growth. The Chinese Super League was founded in 2004, a decade after the Jia-A League became…

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Indios’ Irruption Into History.

The Indios peoples of Latin America have finally irrupted into history. They are present as officially recognized indigenous communities in society and in Churches. They bring their contribution, the flowers of Tepeyac, which were cultivated in the darkness of the night, in the winter ice, between stones and thorns. The aboriginal communities of Latin America…

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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 of her baby and every night before he went to sleep, she stat to sing. As the days went by, Kayo and her cub grew so fond of each…

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Kenya. The Borana People: The Naming Ceremony.

Gubissa, the naming ceremony for the eldest son, is an important moment of the social life of the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya. The celebration is held between six months and two years after the baby’s birth. Eight days before the ceremony, a large hut, the galma, is built and 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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