Yearly Archives: 2014

Nepal. A country of uncertainty

Nepal’s history has been strongly influenced by its position in the Himalaya mountains on the northeastern border of India and on the only practicable route between the part of Tibet bordered by the river Ganges and China. The word “Nepal” first appeared in 879 AD, meaning “the start of a new era”. Though the country’s…

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The impact of the fracking technology for developing countries

The fracking revolution might have important negative impact for oil and conventional natural gas producers in the South but a positive one on consumer countries and owners of shale gas reserves, points out a British survey. In a study financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) called “The development implications of the…

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Economy and Social data

Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and the 17th poorest in the world. Approximately 25 percent of Nepalis live below the poverty line. There is a substantial difference in poverty levels among Nepal’s various ethnic and caste groups, and between different regions of the country. An unemployment rate of 42 percent has created…

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Guatemala. Christmas – A colourful celebration

Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world, with a variety of symbols deeply embedded in one’s own cultural tradition. We look at how people from Guatemala celebrate the Christmas. Christmas in the Central American country of Guatemala begins on 8 December, the day when the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated. For…

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Brazil – Agro-ecology and Missionaries

A small Comboni community is not giving up on opposing the plundering of the earth. They use agro-ecology as homeopathic treatment against agro-business. Our car is moving along a clay road full of holes. We are going to visit our friends of the small community of Centro dos Farias. But we still have a long…

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Kenya. Maasai – The concept of God

In the life of Maasai, God is always present. They are indeed a deeply religious people. Not far from the border between Kenya and Tanzania, can be found the mountain the Maasai call Oldoinyo le Engai, “God’s mountain”, and it is half way between the white mountain, the Kilimanjaro”, and the black one, the “Meru”.…

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China’s Silk Road on the Sea

The sea has always been, and still is today the main way for the transportation of goods. Eighty per cent of global merchandise trade is handled by ports worldwide, mainly by those of the Asian continent. Seven Chinese ports have a position in the top ten global container ports. The remarkable economic growth achieved by…

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Tanzania. Who is behind the recurrent explosions

Tanzania’s picture of a stable and peaceful country in a region prone to terrorist attacks has been tainted by recurrent explosions targeting Christian leaders, churches, tourists, businesses and sometimes Muslim preachers from the mainland. Almost all the recent attacks have occurred in the touristic Zanzibar Island and northern region of Arusha. The government has ruled…

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From Civil War to General Elections

The civil war that lasted from February 1996 to November 2006 represents perhaps the bloodiest chapter in Nepal’s history. The conflict between government forces and the guerrillas of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by the former teacher Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Comrade Prachanda, left at least 15,000 people dead and perhaps 150,000…

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Lessons for African Presidents from Burkina Faso

The ‘Black Spring’ has caught up with Africa. Time has become an enemy for African dictators. Thanks to the very great power of social medias. Blaise Compaore, 63 years old, who has been in power for 27 years in Burkina Faso, is the most recent victim. Never again will black Africa remain the same. Events…

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Catholic Church. Committed with the poor

The tiny Nepalese Catholic Church is organised into 8 parishes with 39 churches, 16 local priests, 60 religious and 165 sisters, in all a single vicariate. The total Catholic community is around eight thousand people. Since the arrival of the Portuguese Jesuit João Cabral at the Nepalese court in 1628, the Church of Nepal has…

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South Africa. Aids: there still remains much to do

The Catholic Church has played a pioneering role in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. We talked with Sister Alison Munro, Director of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference AIDS Office. What is the situation of HIV/AIDS in South Africa? We still have about 6.4 million people HIV infected, and as a result, more…

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Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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