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News & Analysis | December 2014

Ugandans impatiently await beginning of oil flow

The clock is ticking towards the flow of the first oil drop from the fields of Western Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Production for export is scheduled to start in 2017 but the country may start producing for…

Dossier

Nepal. A country of uncertainty

Nepal’s history has been strongly influenced by its position in the Himalaya mountains on the northeastern border of India and on the only practicable route between the part of Tibet bordered by the river Ganges and China. The word “Nepal” first appeared in 879 AD, meaning “the start of a new era”. Though the country’s ancient history…

From Civil War to General Elections

The civil war that lasted from February 1996 to November 2006 represents perhaps the bloodiest chapter in Nepal’s history. The conflict between government forces and the guerrillas of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by the former teacher Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Comrade Prachanda, left at least 15,000 people dead and perhaps 150,000 more…

Economy and Social data

Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and the 17th poorest in the world. Approximately 25 percent of Nepalis live below the poverty line. There is a substantial difference in poverty levels among Nepal’s various ethnic and caste groups, and between different regions of the country. An unemployment rate of 42 percent has created a…

Catholic Church. Committed with the poor

The tiny Nepalese Catholic Church is organised into 8 parishes with 39 churches, 16 local priests, 60 religious and 165 sisters, in all a single vicariate. The total Catholic community is around eight thousand people. Since the arrival of the Portuguese Jesuit João Cabral at the Nepalese court in 1628, the Church of Nepal has survived…

Churches

South Africa. Aids: there still remains much to…

The Catholic Church has played a pioneering role in fighting the HIV/AIDS…

Peru. Christmas – The Sun of the Suns

In Peru,the Christmas celebrations start towards the end of November. There are…

Guatemala. Christmas - A colourful celebration

Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world, with a variety…

Malawi. Chaplaincy in prisons where justice is in…

Being a chaplain in one of the most over-crowded prison in Malawi.…

Culture

Kenya. Maasai - The concept of God

In the life of Maasai, God is always present. They are…

China. “Empress for a day”

Ancient Chinese marriage customs have been maintained for thousands of years…

Music - Father and Son

In the hands of Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté, the kora (the…

Book - Egypt after the Arab Spring

The last thing one would expect from a book entitled 'Egypt…

Opinion & Comments

China’s Silk Road on the Sea

The sea has always been, and still is today the main way for the transportation of…

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Lessons for African Presidents from Burkina Faso

The ‘Black Spring’ has caught up with Africa. Time has become an enemy for African dictators.…

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Advocacy

Brazil - Agro-ecology and Missionaries

A small Comboni community is not giving up on opposing the plundering of the earth. They use agro-ecology as homeopathic treatment against agro-business. Our car…

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Baobab

Liyondo and the three tests

There once lived a King who had seven strong sons. When the day arrived for the eldest of them to leave the family home, he explained…

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Youth & Mission

The spirit and lesson of Christmas

“We have to re-create in our hearts and homes this spiritual experience by thinking of the great challenges that befell Jesus from His birth” Christmas has become…

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