Monthly Archives: May 2015

Brazil. Hélder Càmara soon to be beatified

After the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero planned for 23 May, next, in San Salvador, the launching of the canonisation process of another great leader in the history of the Church in Latin America will take place: that of Dom Hélder Càmara , Archbishop of Olinda and Recife In an official letter, the Congregation for…

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Human Rights. “You are the Voice”

“To promote human rights for people everywhere and to make governments accountable. This is our goal at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva”. Father Edward Flynn, CSSp, Vivat International Geneva Representative, talks about his experience. The core of our advocacy effort is to secure space in our world for the flourishing of dignity for all,…

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Controversial reforms

The country has also begun the year with a political season full of conflicts and scandals. President Sargsyan transformed the friction with the leader of the opposition, Gagik Tsarukyan, into open conflict, when the latter threatened to hold large demonstrations and to demand anticipated elections if the government rejected the process of controversial constitutional reforms…

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Mexico. The Mexicaneros. A space in time

The Mexicaneros, are an ethnic group, who keep their traditions and costumes alive through celebrations, dances, and rituals. The Mexicaneros are an ethnic group currently settled in three villages: Santa Cruz, in the state of Nayarit, San Agustin de San Buenaventura and San Pedro Jícoras in the southeast of the state of Durango. They speak…

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Benin. How much does a funeral cost?

Over the last twenty years and every week from Thursday afternoon until Saturday at dawn, the roads leading to Cotonou in Benin become the stage for deeply felt and increasingly expensive funeral practices. A long procession of cars follows two police motorcycles with sirens wailing which escort a hearse; some cameramen film the parade and…

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How Civil Society Influences Politics in Africa

Many forces have contributed to the gradual opening up of political spaces in Africa. Key to these forces is the civil society. The Civil society has been widely recognized as an essential ‘third’ sector. Its strength can have a positive influence on the state and the market. Civil society is therefore seen as an increasingly…

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Palestine’s membership, a last chance to save the ICC

The Palestinian Authority has joined the ICC at the very moment it faces a real crisis. Next June, the African Union might call its members to abandon the club of ICC member states as a result of the Court’s alleged “racism”. The Palestinian Authority represented by its foreign minister, Riyad Al Maliki, was welcome as…

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Cardinal Nichols: “Archbishop Romero is an inspiration to many”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, urged Christians to emulate Oscar Romero by making the cries of the poor central to their prayers during an ecumenical homily at St Martin in the Fields in London on 21 March. Excepts from Cardinal Nichols’ homily. On 23rd May, in the city of San Salvador, Oscar Romero…

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A Mayan Myth-Corn and the Red Ants

Many years ago, people grew enough food to meet their needs, which is why they did not realize how important corn is. There was an abundance of everything and even though people kept many domestic animals, food was never scarce. Uneaten food simply rotted, and corn was thrown into the river to avoid treating it…

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Kenya. The Garissa massacre shocked the nation

News of the on-going terrorist attack filtered into Nairobi already in the early morning. The nation followed the slaughter unfolding before its very eyes. Why was the government response so slow? No one apologized to the families of the victims for the poor job done. Once again people felt let down by President Uhuru. Kenyans…

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Turkey denies responsibility

The Armenians suffered an incomplete holocaust and, to the pain of the memory, we must add that of an historical injustice that continues with every day that passes. The genocide of their people is not yet admitted by all but is, instead, openly denied by the modern Turkish secular state, heir to the Ottoman Empire.…

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The pact of the Catacombs

Signed by 40 bishops and one Cardinal, ‘The pact of the Catacombs’ could not be more relevant to the challenges that the Church faces today. Some of the points that are touched on, remind us of the expressions and the practices of Pope Francis. On November 16, 1965, a few days before the Vatican Council…

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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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