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Latin America. The sacred symbolism of Jade

Jade was the cornerstone of the Mesoamerican people. Its economic, political and, above all, ritual importance was due not only to its beauty and material value, but to its sacred symbolism associated with water, corn and life itself. Today, many elaborate objects made of this stone are preserved testimonies of the level of artistic complexity…

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Peru. The Gospel along the river.

For some years now, a group of Comboni Missionaries has been present among the Ashaninka and Nomatsiguengas indigenous peoples in the Central Selva of Peru. In the area, there are also powerful Drug traffickers and terrorists. San Martin de Pangoa is a district of the province of Satipo located in the Central Selva of Peru.…

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Latin America.War on the environmentalists.

A long list of ecologists who paid with their lives for their defense of the environment. Isidro Baldenegro, defender of the forests and indigenous Tarahumara leader, was assassinated last January in northern Mexico as was his father in 1986. His fight on behalfof the Sierra Madre ecosystem made him the winner of the Goldman award,…

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Colombia. The Nasa a Proud People

In Colombia, indigenous people are but a small 2%, minority, subdivided into about a hundred peoples scattered throughout the entire country. One very important ethnic group among these is the Nasa people. Compromise during the guerrilla war; the struggle for survival by defending their lands and their traditions. At present, the Nasa – in the…

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Ecuador. Radio Sucumbíos, at the service of the people.

Nueva Loja is located in the centre of Sucumbíos, in the Amazon forest and is one of the most important cities in the north – east of Ecuador. Its importance derives from the oil-drilling industry. For twenty five years, Radio Sucumbíos has been the voice of the local communities in defense of the environment and…

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Guatemala. The Mayan noble art of weaving

The textiles of Guatemala are known throughout the world. Among their vivid colours, that of the ixacaco cotton stands out since pre-Hispanic times for its simplicity and meaning. The Maya believed in the cosmic energy of the ixcaco cotton (Gossypium Mexicanum), also called coyuchi or coyuscate. Since time immemorial, the Guatemalan indigenous people of different…

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2017. A year of presidential elections in Latin America.

Presidential elections will be held in Ecuador, Chile and Honduras. Results will shed more light on the future of the region. The 2017 electoral calendar also includes the parliamentary elections in Argentina, the jurisdictional ones in Bolivia, and the polls to be held in four Mexican States. In 2018 the entire Latin America political situation…

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Nicaragua. Ometepe Island. Between ancient legends and biodiversity.

Formed by two green volcanoes; sanctuary of flora and fauna species. Ometepe is the largest fresh water lake island in the world. The tranquil atmosphere and pre-Columbian mystique continue to make it one of the interesting places in the Americas. From the top deck of the old ferry coming from San Jorge (Rivas) on the…

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Mexico. The Tlaxcala Carnival. A colourful feast

Carnival in the state of Tlaxcala, in central Mexico, includes different dances whose names and themes vary from one town to another. Each town has its own particular characteristic. However, there is a general sequence of events common to all towns: each troupe of dancers, all of them in costume, meets at the organizer’s house.…

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Bolivia. The visible and invisible shoeshiners

They cover their face behind balaclavas. Greasy hands and heads bowed. Meeting the shoeshiners in La Paz. Every morning, at 5 o’clock, Paco leaves his home in El Alto, a very poor city on top of La Paz, and reaches the centre of the Bolivian capital after an hour’s travel by bus. He is one…

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Latin America. A grassroots network

Iglesias y Minerías and Repam are two basic ecclesial realities with an eco-theological and ecumenical spirituality which has brought changes for both, the society and the Church in Latin America. Vidalina has interrupted her work, for a few days,  at the basic ecclesial communities in El Salvador to go to Colombia, where the coal mines…

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Mexico. Chichen Itza, the power of time

Surrounded by dense rainforest, the Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza is an ancient Maya ceremonial centre on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The history of the architectural complex, whose name means ‘at the mouth of the Itza well’, inspires a sense of wonder worthy…

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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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