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Asia

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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HK. The largest gap in Asia between rich and poor.

On 1 July next Hong Kong will begin the twenty years until its official return to the Chinese motherland. Busy as usual, but with an additional concern for the economic situation, it does not ignore the problems and the risks it must face, starting with the continuing tension with Beijing in an effort to preserve…

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Pakistan. On the road.

Inscriptions on trucks offer a key to understanding the popular view on the ground and give a glimpse into several aspects of Pakistani culture. Out of all the trucks in Pakistan using the country’s nearly 247,000 km of roads, the vast majority have inscriptions written on them in any one (or more) of several languages…

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Philippines. Beyond the drugs war.

After he took office, the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, an outsider in Filipino political history, set in motion at an extremely controversial war or drug traffickers operating in his country. The real reasons for this war. The unity of the country. Chinese interests in the Philippines.   This war is causing widespread protests and controversy for…

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India. A newspaper by street kids

‘Balaknama’, a newspaper  that highlights the problems faced by Indian street children, but not only, the tabloid is also a tool to change their lives. Damayanti, 12, moves fast along the queue of cars waiting for the green light in one of the busiest streets near the New Delhi railway station. She sells copies of…

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HK. The future challenges.

Hong Kong’s data come from its economic power, and are verified in a high quality of life, in first-class services, but also in economic terms the relationship with communist China, problematic and increasingly overwhelming, must not be forgotten. This was recalled by economist Chenggang Xu: “Hong Kong, nerve centre of the Asian economy, is deeply…

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Philippine. Heal, not kill.

As the death toll of drug related killings continues to rise following the new administration’s war on drugs, some Church leaders have come forward offering better solutions. Filipino priests and bishops are opening parish doors to drug offenders to provide immediate and long-term rehabilitation. Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, was the first bishop to publicly welcome the…

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Protests and repression.

Opening a new phase of crisis, was the exclusion from the Legislative Council, prompted by Beijing, of two ‘Youngspiration’ parliamentarians, a ‘localist’ party. Their ‘fault’, having failed to observe the oath of taking office. During the installation of the renewed mini-parliament, on October 12, the 30 year-old Sixto Baggio and 25 year-old Leung Yau Wai-ching,…

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Hong Kong. An uncertain future.

For the former British colony of Hong Kong, part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1997, in the form of the Special Administrative Region, an election approaches whose significance goes far beyond the primary objective of electing the chief executive. It is a responsibility that for over two years has become the center…

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India/Pakistan. Troubled waters.

Kashmir, a region disputed by two nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. The territorial war has turned into a conflict not only for the land but also over water resources. The Indian Kashmir is experiencing one of the highest levels of exposure to violence of the last twenty years. For months, popular demonstrations for independence from…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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