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Latin America

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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El Salvador. He was still wearing his green shirt and purple trousers.

Each day thousands of mothers search for their lost children in the hospitals, morgues and clandestine cemeteries. Some never lose hope; others have no more tears to shed. The last time Isela saw the face of her son was in a photograph. Denys was wearing a long-sleeved green shirt and purple trousers; the clothes he…

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Towards A Synod For The Peoples Of Amazonia.

Pope Francis strongly desires it. The bishops outline guidelines. In all probability, Pope Francis will make the announcement next January when he is visiting Peru. During a meeting with the bishops of Peru last May, Pope Francis told them to consider holding a Synod for the peoples of Amazonia. At present, the people and nations…

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Peru. Kuczynski, One Year Later. A Little To Show.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski completed the first year of his term on July 28, with little to show. Corruption, an economy in recession, social conflicts and a hostile Congress has taken its toll. His popularity has fallen from 61 percent when he first took office, to 32 percent right now. “In our first year the…

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Mexico. Huicholes. Maize, the circle of life.

The Huicholese ethnic group lives in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. The Huichol are subsistence farmers. Their main crop is maize. We look at their agriculture ceremonies. Every year, the Huicholes have three agricultural ceremonies known as mitotes. A mitote is related to planting crops…

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Latin America. The Ancestral Wisdom Of Sumak Kawsay.

The millennial experience of indigenous peoples can help to give concrete answers to the current crisis in the world. In Andean communities the concept of Sumak Kawsay, ‘good living’, has been proposed as an alternative concept of development and has been incorporated into the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia. This concept, nowadays, acquires a special…

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Brazil. Paths of freedom

Mobilization against pollution and injustice. Years of struggle to obtain the multinationals’ commitment to transferring the entire district of Piquiá de Baixo to a safe area far from pollution. The Comboni missionaries have supported the struggle of this community. A red powder coming from the smokestacks of the four steel companies – Gustavo Nordeste, Vale…

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Ecuador. Ancient culture and tradition in a hat.

The ‘toquilla’ straw hat is a fine example of the history, skill and identity of the Ecuadorean people. It is popularly known the world over, the Panama Hat. The  reason why it was known as the ‘Panama hat’ goes back to the time of the  construction of the Panama Canal which caused a great demand…

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Mexico. The Mesoamerican Ball Game.

Archaeologists have identified more than 1,500 ball courts to date. These prehistoric buildings that were specifically created for the practice of the Mesoamerican ball game show that this game is a thousand-year old form of sport. But it was more than just a game, it also played a ritual, political and economic role among Mesoamerican…

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Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700 years. It was as sophisticated as modern ones, in architectural and urban terms. Tikal, which is in Petén province some 300 kilometres north of Guatemala’s capital, was one of the largest cities built by the Mayans at any time in their history. The ancient…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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