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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Erythrina abysynica. The Anti-Helminthic Plant.

It is one of the well-known popular plants which is often used in traditional medicine. This veritable multipurpose tree is also often grown to protect the soil. This medium-sized deciduous tree is widely distributed in warm regions of southern Africa and the savannah of eastern Africa. In fact, the plant is native to a number…

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Missionary botanist. Camellia Tea.

Pharmacist, botanist and missionary, the Moravian Jesuit Brother Josef Kamel (1661-1706) left the Hapsburg Empire to go to the Philippines where he continued his work and research. He was so successful that Carlo Linneo, the famous Swedish doctor and naturalist, named the genus Camellia after him. Tea is one of the simplest and most natural…

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We Are Still In campaign (WASI).

Since President Trump, announced US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the United States Catholic Church affirmed its agreement and a commitment to climate action.  Now a campaign is launched with a declaration on Climate Change. The declaration starts saying: “As Catholic communities, organizations, and institutions in the United States, we join with state, tribal, and…

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Uganda. ReachOut. The Best Practices.

Started in a Comboni Parish Our Lady of Africa in Mbuya in the outskirts of Kampala, the ReachOut Ugandan Health Initiative has changed the lives of many people with HIV. We visited the project. When you step through the doors of ReachOut Mbuya, you know you are somewhere special. The walls are lined with accreditations…

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Beyond the Dark Web: Arms Trafficking in the Digital Age.

In October 2013, the US Justice Department announced the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the founder and operator of ‘Silk Road,’ a massive online marketplace for drugs and other illicit goods. Authorities called it ‘the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet’ and estimated that it had facilitated the transfer of more than a…

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Illegal Logging. Organised Crime Destroying Latin American Forests.

Illegal logging drives other forms of environmental crimes such as deforestation, labour exploitation, land invasions, tax evasion, falsification of documents and state corruption. Illegal logging is the natural resource crime in the world and the world’s third largest crime, according to the report ‘Transnational Crime and the Developing World’, published in March 2017 by Global…

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Music. Afro Trap.

A young Frenchman of African descent has invented a new type of rap to set the new Afro generations dancing and more. It is taken from West African languages and does not try to imitate the American style. Up to three years ago, Mohamed Sylla, also known as MHD, was delivering pizza in north-east Paris.…

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Kinshasa Vetoes Water Transfer Project To Replenish Lake Chad.

According to UNESCO, Lake Chad has shrunk by 90 percent since 1963, with enormous environmental, economic and social consequences for the surrounding region. A plan to replenish it through the transfer of waters from the Ubangi River has been approved in Abuja in February 2018, but the main country of the Congo River Basin, the…

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Latin America. The starting point of all the routes.

The mingling of drug trafficking and terrorist/guerrilla organisations also involves Latin America which, as is well known, is the homeland of drug trafficking. The new geographic mafia is making increasing inroads into the growing economies of the sub-continent. One of these is Mexico which, besides being a new geopolitical and geo-economic actor in the region,…

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India. Another Side.

It is called Sarva Seva Sangh which means “a community at the service of all”. It was founded by the Divine Word Missionaries and is especially dedicated to helping the street children of Pune. Pune, the eighth city in India, two hours’ drive from the great metropolis of Mumbai, increased enormously in size in recent…

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Mexico. “I could be killed anytime”.

Commitment to work side by side with immigrants right to the end. A Church up and running. The testimony of Fr. Thomas Gonzalez. “I have received many threats. I know I could be killed but I am not afraid. I have dedicated my entire life to the defence of the weakest. I always ask myself…

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Mali. Helping The Street Children Of Bamako.

One evening, Mamadou Touré had just left the disco and was walking back home when a child came up to him and told him that he was very hungry. Mamadu could not remain indifferent, and since then, every evening, he drives around his town to help children living on the street. Every evening when Inizio…

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Advocacy

We Are Still In campaign (WASI).

Since President Trump, announced US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the United States Catholic Church affirmed its agreement and a commitment to climate action.  Now…

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Baobab

The Monkey's Heart.

At the edge of the sea there grew a huge tree which spread half its branches over the land and the other half over the water. It…

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Youth & Mission

Youth Synod: “Young people are a treasure for our people”.

In view of the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to young people, to be held next October 2018, many local churches are…

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