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Latin America

The Church in Amazonia: Condemnation and Proclamation

It is three years since a meeting in Brasilia between the bishops of the region, priests, missionaries, lay people, representatives of Caritas and local Catholic organisations, when the Pan Amazonia Red Ecclesial (REPAM) was created. This instrument aimed at uniting the various ecclesial resources present in the nine Latin-American countries, including Amazonian territory. We discussed…

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Brazil. Dark Clouds Over Amazonia.

On the one hand organised crime, assassins, the systematic destruction of the Amazon rainforest. On the other the defenders of the environment who are continually being assassinated. In the state of Rondonia, in the north of Brasil, Eder Chaves Dias and Joao Coelho try to defend the Amazon Forest by preventing the passage of the…

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Guatemala. The Feast Of Saint Thomas In Chichicastenango.

Chichicastenango is a beautiful village at the bottom of a mountain, amidst the Sierra Madre at 2,070 meters above sea level. It is located 140 km northwest of Guatemala city. The patron feast of Chichicastenango is is that of Saint Thomas Apostle, and it’s famous for its religious syncretism. We visited the place. The name…

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Indios’ Irruption Into History.

The Indios peoples of Latin America have finally irrupted into history. They are present as officially recognized indigenous communities in society and in Churches. They bring their contribution, the flowers of Tepeyac, which were cultivated in the darkness of the night, in the winter ice, between stones and thorns. The aboriginal communities of Latin America…

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Bolivia.Textiles That Tell Stories.

The people of Jalq’a and Tarabuco narrate their legends through their clothes that speak of their origins, their cosmovision and their Andean identity. There is no other country in South America that offers such a variety of climate, geography and culture, like Bolivia. The country, which is located in central South America, is surrounded by…

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Indio Theology. The flowers of Tepeyac

The indigenous peoples and their descendants in America and in the entire world are the most ancient examples of civilisation. They have populated the earth for longer than anyone else, and their experience has made them wise people. The long process of these ancient civilisations has always been marked by the search of God. Indigenous…

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The Church Meeting With Indigenous People.

Since the 1960s, the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) has been promoting a new pastoral path alongside the indigenous peoples, through the Missions Department (DEMIS) first, and then, through the Secretariat of the Indigenous Pastoral Ministry (SEPAI). Intercultural and interreligious dialogue has been carried out throughout the Latin American continent: in Melgar (Colombia), Xicotepec (Mexico),…

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God, Heart Of Heaven And Earth.

The greatest contribution of the indigenous communities to the Churches and to society is their concept of the centrality of God, which has governed our life since before the first evangelization, and which is the foundation of everything. According to the Mesoamerican religious and theological scheme, God is the beginning and the end of everything,…

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Mexico. The Dance of the Devils.

The Dance of the Devils is performed on the occasion of Mexico’s most traditional festivities known as the ‘Day of the Dead’. The ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities are celebrated on the last days of October and the first days of November in Mexico. During these celebrations young men dress up as cowboys or as…

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The Andes. The Wool Of The Gods.

Alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas are essential to life for Andean peoples. These animals are used as a source of food, clothing and as a means of transportation. Their skins were more precious than gold to Incas. Camelids, who have inhabited the Andes for more than three million years, are one of the greatest treasures…

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Peru. Stars Shine In The Sky Over The Outskirts Of Trujillo.

Announcing life and hope inTrujillo, a city in coastal Northwestern Peru, where poverty persists and the law of the strongest and crime triumph, becomes a challenge. Here is the testimony of a Comboni Missionary who has lived  32 years in the country. Hope and projects of life seem impossible in El Porvenir on the outskirts…

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Peru. World-Wide Cocaine Business.

Peru is now taking an important position in cocaine production and its trafficking. Complicity and corruption. According to UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Peru is believed to be second only to Colombia in world production of cocaine. The cocaine is destined for Europa (79%), North America (9%), Africa (5%) and Asia (4%).…

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Advocacy

The Fight of Larzac

Land grabbing is a phenomenon whose extent, rhythm, and continuity are becoming a threat: at least 50 million hectares of agricultural land was sold or…

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Baobab

Nigeria. The Mother’s Song

A long time ago, in the outskirts of Jago village, there lived a lioness and her cub, whose name was Kayo. The lioness was very fond…

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Youth & Mission

The Pope Announces A Meeting Of Young People Ahead Of…

The Pope announced that from 19 to 24 March 2018 - in view of the Synod of Bishops on young people in the following October -…

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