Latin America

Mesoamerica. Pizza With Savour Of Aztec Cuisine.

Along the centuries, food and plants coming from America, and in particular from Mexico have given a great contribution to the Mediterranean diet. The first people to bring back information about the food and plants of the Americas were early explorers and conquistadors, some of whom showed a special interest in the vegetation of the…

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Brazil. Being A Church That Goes Forth.

A Church that is attentive to the situation of the people. Pastoral decisions that may help a community to grow in a ministerial and missionary dimension. We talk about these matters with Mons. Odelir José Magri, the Comboni Bishop of Chapecó in southern Brazil. Four years have passed since Pope Francis appointed him bishop of…

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Brazil. Being Abandoned.

Fights between rival gangs for territorial control. People’s fear. An absent State. Daily life in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. One morning the inhabitants of Rocinha – the largest favela in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and one of the largest in Brazil -, were woken up by shots and screams.…

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Mexico. Maya Civilization: Between Corn and Cacao.

Ancient Mayan cuisine was varied and extensive. Mayan raised-field systems and the fertilization techniques of the land show us that the Maya people were innovative farmers. Maize and cacao have marked their history. Several pre-Columbian peoples inhabited the Yucatan peninsula and the Mexican territory between 3,000 and 1000 BC. Cultures such as those of the…

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Latin American Elections 2018. A Number Of Unknowns.

The largest Latin American countries go to the polls to elect their presidents. Almost 80% of the Latin American population are eligible to vote. Elections will be held in Brazil with its 208 million inhabitants, in Mexico at the other end of the continent with 127 million, as well as Colombia (48.65 million) and Venezuela…

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Colombia. The Art Of Weaving Of The Wayuu People.

An indigenous group proud of its craft tradition. They have survived through preserving their language and their strong weaving traditions. The Wayuu people live in the desert peninsula of La Guajira at the northern tip of Colombia and the territory shared with Venezuela. According to legend, and to the stories told by the women of the Wayuu community,…

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Latin America, A Treasure Called Lithium.

Argentina, Bolivia and Chile boast the world’s largest reserves of lithium. The three countries, however, have taken different approaches to this source of wealth. Australia and Afghanistan have also large deposits of this precious metal. Experts consider lithium one of the most promising commodities, in fact this is a reactive metal with a high heat…

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Guatemala. Bishop Ramazzini : “We Are Not The Owners Of Nature, But Its Custodians”

“Assuming responsibility for an ‘Integral Ecology’ in our lives poses challenges for us, both as individuals and as institutional Church, and it also implies the adoption of coherent behaviours”, said Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of the diocese of Huehuetenango – Guatemala. Some of his considerations … The first challenge is making Christians aware of what this…

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Peru. Mission At The Foot Of The Volcano.

A Comboni missionary describes how his life became more meaningful when he was assigned as parish priest on the outskirts of a town in Peru, at the foot of an active volcano. Mission work has filled my life with meaning, so much so that today I feel fulfilled as a person and as a Christian.…

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Carnival In Mexico. The Great ‘Colourful Fiesta’.

Celebrations vary depending on the local indigenous cultures. A journey through the several carnivals of the country. The Veracruz carnival. This festival, which takes place in February, is undoubtedly the most famous carnival in Mexico, as well as one of the most ancient (its celebration dates back to the early eighteenth century) and the one…

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Mexico. The Tarahumara. The pillars Of The World.

Dance and healing are strongly linked to the culture of the Tarahumara, an ethnic group living in the state of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. The Sierra Tarahumara, in the north of Mexico, is a region of striking contrasts with great cultural, linguistic, ecological, ritual and landscape diversities. The Tarahumara (Rarámuri), along with the Pimas (O’odham),…

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Brazil. Aparecida, 300 Years On The Side Of The People.

The celebrations of the three hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida ended recently. “Mary shows by her silence that the Gospel is proclaimed from the peripheries, the caves and cellars of humanity”. The rediscovery of the statue by the fishermen Domingos Garcia, Joao Alves and Filipe changed lives.…

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The Unaccepted Advocacy Precursors.

The tenure of agricultural land is at the core of many disputes and advocacy actions nowadays. The common lands tenure is foreseen as the only way…

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How The Stars Were Born.

One day, two friends named Ebopp and Mbaw went off in search of a good site to establish a farm with fine fields of grain and peanuts. …

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis. Young People, “Important Responsibility Inside The Church”.

In his message for the next World Youth Day, of March 25th ,the Pope called upon young people not to be closed in the digital rationale…

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