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Africa

Tanzania. A Church looking to the future with hope.

In 2018, the Tanzanian Church will celebrate 150 years of its presence in the country. Recalling the past when the first Missionaries of the Holy Spirit arrived in Bagamoyo helps to better face the future of the Catholic Church in Tanzania. When the first missionaries arrived in Zanzibar and then in Bagamoyo, on the shores…

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The Tunisian Paradox.

The Cradle of Secular Parliamentary Democracy Faces Daunting Obstacles. A risk to become a potential epicenter of a new wave of terrorism. The so-called Arab Spring started in Tunisia. On December 17, 2010. Mohamed Bouazizi, an underemployed, fruit vendor set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzeid. He was protesting a personal humiliation…

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DR Congo. The plundering of Congolese mines.

Month after month, new revelations show that the Congolese mines continue to be plundered by a coalition of unethical miners and corrupt local officials which bizarrely remain in office. Congo is endowed with mineral riches but there is little trickling down for the people. One of the reasons is that companies do not pay to…

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Uganda. Acholi, the rite of the birth of a child

Acholi is a Luo Nilotic ethnic group from Northern Uganda. They are approximately 1.2 million in the country. Among the Acholi people, the birth of a child is regarded as a miraculous work of the supreme God, Nyarubanga. The spirits of the dead ancestors known in Acholi as Abila, also play an important part in…

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Sarcocephalus latifolius. A vital role in the healthcare.

The use of medicinal plants as a fundamental component of the African traditional healthcare system is one of the oldest and the most assorted of all therapeutic systems. Medicinal plants are the most easily accessible and affordable health resource available to the local communities. One of such highly valued medicinal plants is Sarcocephalus latifolius (Smith);…

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Lutherans in Africa. For a new responsibility towards creation.

The Reformation, which celebrates its 500th anniversary, is increasingly global. Today only half of Lutherans live in Europe. A look  into the Lutheran Church in Africa. According to the Lutheran World Federation – a global communion of 145 Churches in the Lutheran and Reformation tradition – out of 72 million Lutherans, nearly 36 million live…

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South Africa. The appointment of ten new permanent deacons.

Ten married men were recently appointed as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Witbank. They will administer the sacrament of Baptism, witness marriages and preach on the occasion of  liturgical celebrations. They are the face of a Church which is close to people. The ceremony took place in Maria Trost, at the pastoral centre of…

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Jatropha curcas – A multipurpose African traditional medicinal plant.

Jatropha curcas (Linnaeus); commonly referred to as Barbados nut, it is a perennial shrub or small tree belonging to the plant family Euphorbiaceae. The genus name Jatropha is derived from two Greek words jatr’os (doctor) and troh’e (food), indicating its valuable use in traditional medicine. The plant grows up to a height of 6m. Leaves…

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Zambia. Ncwala: a traditional ritual of thanksgiving.

The Ngoni people are one of the many ethnic groups living in Zambia. Just before spring, they gather to celebrate the Ncwala annual ceremony. This is a meeting of fraternity during which a glorious past and the pride of being Ngoni are celebrated. It  is a sunny day in the area of Chipata, in the…

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Africa. Voices of Opera

Through the interpretation of numerous opera repertories by African singers and authors, new paths are opening up on the stages of the world. It was during the inauguration ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014, in her elegant long red dress, that 38 year-old, Pumeza Matshikiza, nicknamed the ‘Callas of the townships’, enchanted…

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Uganda.The voice of Karamoja

This is the name of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido’s radio station. A project to give voice to the people of the region.  Dust, the sun beating down, a single dirt road, straight, that cuts the town of 25,000 inhabitants in half: this is Kodito, one of the most important centres in the region of…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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