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News & Analysis | December 2022

Transnistria. In the Shadow of the Kremlin.

It is not recognized by any state, but, to all intents and purposes, it is independent: from the border to Tiraspol, between checkpoints and the still visible signs of the 1992 war. A journey to a country that does not exist, officially. A prefabricated container…

Dossier

Ghana. Uncertain Times.

Just a few years ago, Ghana was synonymous with development and stability. Today inflation, debt and unemployment are increasingly creating a climate of precariousness and uncertainty. In the early years of his first term (he was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020), President Nana Akufo-Addo proudly announced “no more help, we can do it alone”. The…

Danger of Jihadism.

The spread of terrorist actions across West Africa alarms the Ghanaian authorities. Experts argue that the possible involvement of Ghanaian youth has an economic and social rather than an ideological matrix. The sentinel role of local communities. What seemed unlikely a few months ago is now possible. Ghana is observing with increasing concern the onset of terrorism…

Coexistence in respect and dialogue.

Interreligious dialogue is customary. Just like the comparison between the different ethnic components, also through institutional paths. Thus, the Ghanaians live together without distinction of faith or ethnicity. If there is a priceless treasure that the Ghanaians have always clung to, valuing and cultivating it, it is the peaceful coexistence between the different religions and ethnic groups that…

Catholic Church on the Synodal Way.

The Church, though still in its young age, is very dynamic, vibrant, and efficient. Two important challenges: a new missionary élan and dialogue with modern society.  Particular attention to the youth. Catholic missionaries from Portugal accompanying the soldiers in their discovery expeditions, around 1482, were the first protagonists of the Catholic Presence in Ghana. Still today, two…

Churches

Towards the 2023 Synod. The Church Walking Towards…

“It is not enough to say that the Church is missionary. It…

Cuba. The Old Saint Lazarus. The Devotion of…

Every year thousands of people go to pay homage to Saint Lazarus…

Bolivia. The Amerindian Dance that Welcomes The Child…

In Bolivia, it is the Chuntunqui musical rhythm that leads the celebration…

Islam. The Prophetic Voice of Women.

Amina Wadud, one of the most important theologians of Islam, criticizes the…

Culture

Music. Kalush Orchestra. Mamma Stefania...let me hear your voice.

In May, with their song ‘Stefania’, they easily won the latest…

South Africa. Zapiro, a Graphic Humourist.

Through his cartoons, Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) has been campaigning against apartheid…

South Africa. Creativity that Transforms the World.

Soweto Theatre is a community space where new generations of artists…

Mexico. Between Art and Popular Religiosity.

Mexican folk art is present in all aspects of community life.…

Opinion & Comment

Freedom of Religion - Touchstone of Human Rights.

All rights are equal but some rights are more equal than others. FIFA and the Qatar…

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China. A Third Term for Xi Jinping.

The reconfirmation of Xi Jinping as Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opens an…

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Advocacy

Cop 27. Emissions, loss and damage, finance: the decisions.

Cop 27 is over. A first step in climate justice, but zero progress on the central issue of CO2 emissions. The principle of a new fund…

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Baobab

The Tortoise and the Chimpanzee.

The Tortoise and the Chimpanzee had been friends for a very long time and so it was only natural that they should invite each other to…

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Youth & Mission

Pope urges African youth to be protagonists in shaping the…

Young people from nine different countries had a chance to each comment and ask a question to Pope Francis, during the online conversation. At the beginning…

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