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Germany / Comboni Sisters. Hope in the heart of Europe

They give hospitality, accompany and guide Nigerian, Somali and Eritrean women who were victims of human trafficking, giving them hope. This is the commitment of two Comboni Sisters in the SOLWODI project. “SOLWODI, is the acronym for Solidarity with Women in Distress” – says Sr. Margit Foster, a nun of German origin. “This organization was…

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Europe. What a fatigue being young

Eurostat has just published a lengthy document portraying the situation of under-30s in all 28 EU countries. Figures should prompt reflection… A 214-page document with numbers, charts, graphs, and information meant to give an overview of under-30 year-olds in Europe. “Being young in Europe today”, is the new “flagship” publication compiled by Eurostat, the statistics…

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Two years with Francis: “Old Europe, wake up!”

The Pope from Latin America encourages Europe to change. He proposes a vision of the missionary Church, in faithfulness to the Gospel. In which ways has the first non-European Pope, from South America, impact Europe and the European Church in the first two years of his pontificate? The Pope has positively stimulated “Old Europe” to…

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Editorial – EU / Elections 2014: decision-time

European citizens will go to the polls on 25 May to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg. These MEPs will represent over 500 million citizens in 28 Member States. It is important to choose those candidates whose main concern is developing a Europe of solidarity and fairness. The Eurobarometer survey carried…

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Aid budgets – Victims of the EU crisis

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  Europe accounts for more than half of the development aid worldwide. But owing to its economic crisis, aid budget cuts have been decided. Southern poor will also pay the price of this crisis. On the last 8 February, EU leaders agreed on a 960 billion euros budget for the 2014-2020 period, about  73 billion…

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Trade – EU ultimatum

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  “The EU Commission is using the heavy artillery” commented diplomats from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. This reaction came after the announcement by the EU Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, of his plan to put an end to the quota-free and duty-free preferential access to the EU market of 18 states by…

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Notting Hill Carnival – Back to the roots

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Every year, the last weekend of August, Notting Hill – an upmarket neighbourhood of London – becomes alive with the Carnival organized by the Caribbean community. For two days, floats parade through the streets, while revellers can sing, dance, and eat traditional food. The carnival is rooted in the presence of a large Caribbean community,…

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Europe – In search of identity

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In the past years, the Comboni Missionaries working in Europe questioned their presence and work in the old continent. Mission, according to many, was located outside Europe; it was the work beyond borders, among pagans. Yet, the events in the last century urge us to review that old model of mission. The Vatican Council II…

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World Youth Day – Madrid Africana

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Roselyn, a Kenyan social worker in her twenties, greeted Benedict XVI in Swahili and – in front of a mammoth crowd of one and a half million youth – asked him about the meaning of life in the midst of poverty and pain. She was one of five young people from different parts of the…

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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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