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News & Analysis | July 2022

Africa. African Art. Recovering Its Own Story.

At least 90% of African cultural heritage is currently outside the continent, mainly in European museums. But a recent campaign for the repatriation of African art is helping to make restitution of looted artefacts a reality and finally restore heritage to the African cultures…

Dossier

Unpredictable Elections.

The result of next August’s elections cannot be taken for granted. About 14 million Angolans will be called to choose the president of the republic and their parliamentary representatives for the next five years. It is estimated that at least a fifth of the young voters will go to the polls for the first time; also, citizens living…

Economy. Unsustainable Extractivism.

The oil industry is at the heart of the Angolan economy. But it benefits only the political business elite; it has a great impact on the environment and reserves will run out by 2050. The Angolan model of economic development – as ‘extractivist’ – based on the exploitation of natural resources, in particular oil, diamonds, phosphates, bauxite…

The Church Raises the Voice.

Since independence, the Church has been somewhat close to the MPLA, although it has always opposed civil war and worked for reconciliation. A turning point in relations between the Church and the MPLA took place in 2015 when protesters who supported the activists of the Angolan Political Prisoner Support Group tried to gather on the square and…

Churches

Latin America. ‘The Good Living Mystique’, in Daily…

The ‘Good Living’ is an integral way of perceiving and living life:…

Morocco. Tazert. “Our doors are open to all”.

Four African Sisters have restored life to a monastery founded in 1931…

Algeria. Brotherhood Is the New Frontier of Humanity.

The Mediterranean as a meeting place. Brotherhood as a sign of life.…

DR Congo. An Oasis of Hope.

The Telema Mental Health Centre in Kinshasa is a place where the…

Culture

Mexico. The people of the sacred rains.

The people of the rain, Ñuu Savi, in the Nahuati language…

Peru. Birth among the Asheninka. An Offer to the Big River.

The Asheninka live in the central forest of the Ucayali district…

Herbs & Plants. Cola Acuminata. The Beverage Flavouring Plant.

It is an evergreen tree, native to tropical Africa especially West…

Congo. Sapeur. An Extravagant Identity.

On the trail of men and women who dress luxuriously without…

Opinion & Comment

World military expenditure passes $2 trillion; increases slightly in Africa.

Total world military expenditure increased fractionally in 2021 to reach $2 113 billion, surpassing the $2…

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UK/Rwanda. Immigration. A Problematic Agreement.

An unprecedented initiative that provokes contrasting opinions and evaluations. A double standard in migration policy.  There have…

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Advocacy

Climate Change and Advocacy. Planting Bamboos.

In the Philippines, the missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) are committing to plant 100,000 seedlings of Bamboo by 2022. With an…

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Baobab

The Spider and the Sky God's Stories.

The Chief of the Sky Gods had many stories to tell. As Spider listened to the stories of the Sky God, he said to his wife,…

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Youth & Mission

Mission. Our Life with Our People.

Three Comboni Missionaries talk about their missionary experience. My name is Gédéon Ngunza Mboma from Democratic Republic of Congo. For the last eleven years, as a…

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