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Philippines. Bringing Healthcare To The Mountain.

Sr. Eva Maamo and her team of doctors at the Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission Inc. (FOLPMI) go to the mountains to serve indigenous communities. “All we need is to inspire and encourage them to discover their talents and skills to be able to survive on their own”. A mission trip to Surallah…

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‘Unity In Diversity’.

As an archipelago of 17,000 islands, the geographical and cultural bridge between the Far East and southern Asia and from there towards the Middle Eastern world, the link-country between the Asian world and that of the Pacific, in its meeting and amalgamation of culture, trade and ideologies, possesses an essential element. Indonesia still possesses the…

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Indonesia. A Country In Transition.

The vast Indonesian archipelago shows all the signs of possibly becoming the next ‘Asian miracle’. A large population (260 million) that is slowly but surely developing culturally and opening up to global commitments; immense resources to be administered despite the difficulty of maintaining a balance between exploitation and protecting the environment; its geographic position and…

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Economic Turbulence.

The economic future of this populous south-east Asian country is increasingly ambivalent. On the one hand it is becoming regional with its presently limited integration of customs, commerce and finance with the other nine ASEAN countries which, up to 2015, called itself an integrated economic community.  On the other, it is pursuing its own developmental…

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Catholic Church. In search Of A Shared Life.

The catholic faith, originally brought by the Portuguese, went through Dutch persecution and through varying phases as regards its presence and evangelisation and today plays a role certainly greater in importance than its numbers would suggest. Its participation in the social development of the country is concrete as is its influence through educational institutions and…

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East Timor. Stability is a long way.

There were eight candidates but just one outsider who figured in the election campaign for the referendum on19 March 2017 to have a new president (the sixth) in the small republic of East Timor, the second Catholic stronghold in Asia after the Philippines. Suspended between Asia and Oceania and, even more so by its uncertain…

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The church with the people.

A colonial inheritance and a strong identifying factor, the Catholic religion has perhaps been the true cohesive factor in the history of the Timorese and its role as well as its prestige were evidenced in the darkest times of modern history when the Church was tolerated by the Indonesian power but many of its exponents…

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A variety of languages and cultures.

At 500 Km from the coast of northern Australia, East Timor, though limited in extent, has a broad variety of languages and cultures. This is a diversity that not even the long period of Portuguese dominion (1702–1974 regarding its government, preceded by an active presence since 1515) could affect. Even though the rival British and…

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The past remains in the memory.

On 20 May, the Democratic Republic of East Timor marked the fifteenth anniversary of its birth. A third period of five years of complete independence had, for the first time, been completed.  In January 2013, the tiny State of East Timor entered a new phase without the armed tutelage of the international community. The tutelage…

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Young laity engages in transforming Asia.

For more than ten years Fondacio Asia, through formation programs for a diverse group of young people, helps them to be leaders of projects and missions for the Church and the society. Tugso, 27, comes from the mountain steppes of Mongolia. In 2014, she started an empowerment program for women living in extreme poverty in…

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Nepal. Meet medicine men on the streets of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. There are a lot informal markets in the streets, where you can find everything you need. One of the main attractions is the medicine man who promises to cure everything … almost. Not far from the railway station we met Shakya M. Aakar.  He was talking…

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Hong Kong. Contemplation in the big metropolis.

The small monastery of the Poor Clares in the city of Hong Kong. An experience of prayer and silence in a small island just a few minutes from the centre of a big city. Lamma, which is located in the south of Hong Kong and which is also known as Pok Liu Chau or simply…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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