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Burundi. African “Presidents’ Union” backs Nkurunziza over third term issue

Central African leaders are concerned by the situation in Burundi but none of them does condemn Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in violation of the constitution, according to the opposition. Regional leaders are very concerned by the situation in Burundi, the flow of 120,000 refugees to the neighbouring countries and the…

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Burundi – President determined to get third term

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s eyes are firmly set on a third term despite opposition from political parties, civil society organisations, the powerful Catholic Church and despite the rejection last March by the National Assembly of changes to the constitution which would have allowed him to extend his stay in power. Also included in the constitutional reform…

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Burundi at crossroads

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  Despite the laying down of arms by Burundi’s last rebel group, the National Front for Liberation (FNL), in 2005 the country has been tinkering between peace and war since the disputed 2010 elections. Opposition leaders, who had fled the country, have returned home to prepare for the 2015 polls, whose outcome may return the…

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Burundi – Descent into hell

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  It might seem a sad coincidence. A few months after the publication of the historical novel “Descent to hell” by the Burundian writer Aloys Misago, a press communiqué issued by the chief of staff of the former Hutu rebel Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) – who had laid their weapons down in 2009 –…

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Burundi – Moving on

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  Father Sergio Marchetto is a Xaverian Missionary from northern Italy. He has been working in Burundi since 1966. We asked Father Marchetto a few questions about the Church in his adoptive country. During your time in Burundi how did evangelization develop? Evangelization has had a great expansion. When I arrived in 1966 the Church…

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Burundi – Reconciliation

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  Symbols are important, especially for a nation that has suffered as much as Burundi. That is why the government accepted Rosa Paula Iribagiza’s request to find the remains of her younger brother, Charles Ndizeye, the last king of Burundi known under the name of Ntare V, and to give him a dignified grave, as…

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Advocacy

South Sudan. Father Michael: “There is hope because I see…

Seventy-year-old Father Michael Bossano’s solemn declaration sounds resolute. His streaks of white hair tell tales of many years spent travelling the world. For now, however,…

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Baobab

Why the Cheetah’s cheeks are stained.

Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too hot to be bothered with the arduous…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis. Sharing the Wisdom of Time. A new alliance…

Pope Francis in a new book is calling for an alliance between the young and elderly:  “Young people need the dreams of the elders so they…

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