Monthly Archives: January 2015

Asia. Speaking to the Asian heart

Pope Francis will return again to visit Asia for the second time. Why is Pope Francis so interested in the continent of Asia? The following is a possible key to the answer to this question. This new journey to the Asian continent after less than five months, shows how deeply interested Pope Francis is in…

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Africa 2015. Elections: More contentious than usual

Crucial elections will take place in Zambia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. In Tanzania: the ruling party with internal divisions and in Burundi irregularities in the census of the voters. On the electoral front, the year begins with a first important challenge; the presidential election in Zambia, scheduled for the 20 January. The Deputy Minister of…

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To live with a goal and purpose, is to live fully

We are human because we can think, Can choose the good reject the bad, Know the difference between right and wrong, We can love others unselfishly we can sing a song, Write a poem, Can be happy and be sad. To live a life of value is to have a conscience clean Follow it whatever…

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Book – Emerging Africa

Africa as the ‘continent of the future’: this is the topic around which the debate between ‘afro-optimists’ and ‘afro-pessimists’ revolves. Nowadays, nobody can assume any more that the cradle of humankind has no future, or that it is a ‘lost’, or ‘hopeless’ continent as it was dubbed in the past. The question, however, is now…

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A look abroad. Hydroelectric plants

Wars in the 21st centuries, some have said, will be increasingly caused by water resources, which are also essential to those States looking for ‘clean’ energy. Also South Africa – which hosts a mere seven hydroelectric plants within its borders – often had to deal with crises when looking abroad in an effort to boost…

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Kenya. Pokot – Adango, dancing under the stars.

This is a common dance or game organized by young men, that is played during the night, or at the end of some ceremonies and feasts like Sapana, the initiation of young men. The most frequent one is the one organized by young men, almost every night, though especially on full moon nights. Married people…

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Bangladesh. Tokai Songho for street children

The streets are always crowded. Boys and girls running and playing. There is a continuous zig zag of bicycles, cars and wheelbarrows. But there are also the harrowing faces of the marginalised, fearful and suspicious street children. If the police arrest them, they are beaten, but mostly people just avoid them. They live in a…

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Africa 2015. A turning point in Eastern Congo

The political situation in many countries has disrupted the electoral schedule. Gbagbo’s trial in The Hague will also focus attention, while a moment of truth has come in Eastern Congo, where the deadline for the surrender of the FLDR rebels expires this month. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 2015 local elections initially set…

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Mexico. Deported immigrants, between misery and extortion

They live in holes along sewage canals, exploited by gangs of drug traffickers who recruit them for selling drugs. Stories of kidnappings, suffering and broken dreams. There is very little light in the culvert, and it takes several minutes for our eyes to adjust to darkness. Miguel and his wife, Maria Luisa, are sitting on…

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Africa 2015. Economic growth with reservations

According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to remain strong at about 5¾ percent in 2015 but the fall of oil prices and the ongoing ebola epidemic could reduce the growth rate. In its annual regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa released in October, the IMF predicts that growth in…

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African Myth. The Creation of the Universe

Before the Universe was created, there existed only a vast expanse of sky above and an endless stretch of water and uninhabited marshland below. Olorun, the wisest of the gods, was supreme ruler of the sky, while Olokun, the most powerful goddess, ruled the seas and marshes. Both kingdoms were quite separate at that time…

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Colombia. Giving dignity

In the outskirts of Bogotà, some Comboni Missionaries are committed to giving dignity and strength to Afro communities. The Afro people of Bogotà live in the suburbs of the city. Most men of these communities work in the construction and security sectors, while women generally work as housemaids in private residences. These people have moved…

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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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