Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nigeria – To the last vote

The government has decided to postpone the legislative and presidential elections to March 28. The official motive was the necessity to secure Nigeria’s north-east regions, stronghold of the Boko Haram. Monsignor Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto, capital of an ancient caliphate on the Saharan border said that there is wide frustration in Nigeria and…

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Missionaries fighting against human trafficking

Religious institutions in the world are committed to raising awareness about human trafficking; they inform against traffickers and protect victims. Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has strongly denounced human trafficking. “Human trafficking – he said – is a crime against humanity. We must join forces to free the victims and to stop…

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Mexico. Mazahua Sashes, between art and symbolism

The Mazahuas are an indigenous people concentrated particularly in the municipalities of San Felipe del Progreso and San José del Rincón of the State of Mexico. One way that the Mazahuas have maintained their culture is through women’s dress, the elements of which have concrete meanings and specific values. We look at womens’ sashes. Mazahua…

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The Ivory Coast – Deceptive victory

The Ivory Coast’s football team made the headlines for its victory at the African Cup of Nations, but the country still faces problems. With elections to be held within months a display of unity as the one shown on the pitch would be badly needed. Probably when Boubacar Barry, the Ivory Coast’s goalkeeper, scored the…

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The need for compromise

On 23 November 2014, the Tunisians went to the polls to vote for a new president, the first to be elected by universal suffrage and under the new constitution approved in January of 2014. Essebsi, leader of the secularist party Nidaa Tounes took 39,46% of the vote, with Moncef Marzouki, leader of the Congress for…

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Uganda. The Karimojong prophets

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, a particular figure in the Karimojong society is that of the prophet (ekadwaran). This represents the highest possible status which an elder can attain, and summarizes therefore the meaning and the consideration into which an elder is kept by his people. The terminology is scanty but to…

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The Arab Spring

Riots and demonstrations swept through the central and southern towns of Tunisia between December 2010 and January 2011. Arab Spring began in Tunisia when a fruit vendor set himself on fire in protest in front of the Sidi Bouzid government building because police had seized his goods. The fruit vendor’s self-immolation touched off a wave…

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Over 2.5 million people threatened by famine because of Ebola

Even if the epidemics is slowing down, it will have serious consequences on food security during this year, warn UN agencies. In fact, the number of victims could be greater than the figure for those who directly died from the disease. At last, some good news on the Ebola frontline : last January, in a…

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Latin America in 2015: the political prospects

In this year’s electoral agenda of Latin America, of special note are the three presidential elections (in Argentina, Guatemala, and Haiti), three legislative elections (in El Salvador, Mexico, and Venezuela), and several municipal elections, in Uruguay, among others. Latin America is starting off 2015 with a clear economic slowdown. The world economy is not helping…

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Music – Voice of Hope

Contamination is often part of contemporary African musicians’ work, but few – if any – have taken this word in the sense Pumeza Matshikiza has. Her artistic background, in fact, is different from that of most budding or established African music stars: the 35-years old Eastern Cape-born artist is an opera singer, namely a soprano.…

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El Salvador – Romero to be beatified.

Pope Francis has recognized Oscar Arnulfo Romero as a martyr. The Archbishop of San Salvador was killed “in hatred of the Faith”. “Let my blood be a seed of freedom”. Doña Maria Jose is in the San Salvador Cathedral crypt where Monsignor Oscar Romero is buried. On one side of the crypt there is a…

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DR Congo – Kabila shown the exit door

More than four days of riots and demonstrations across the country have shown Kabila that the Congolese people are not prepared to tricks to keep in office after the expiration of his mandate in 2016. President Joseph Kabila is trying hard to remain in office after the expiration of his mandate in 2016. But one…

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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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