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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Syria: ‘Stealing our future’ …

Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria is almost completely destroyed. People live in fear. Many migrate in search of a future. Father Ibrahim Sabbagh, the parish priest of the Church of Saint Francis in Aleppo has sent to us his testimony. Syria is experiencing a tragic present and is losing its future. This is…

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Mexico. Priests in the sights of drug cartels …

The power of criminals continues to grow in the country.  Priests are not spared  threats and intimidation, but they continue to  denounce crime and injustice. The photo has been seen all around the world: Father Goyo celebrating mass, in a bullet-proof vest. “I’m not afraid, however the bullet-proof vest  protects me,” said the priest, pointing…

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A New EU migration Agenda: the Valetta Conference

The EU is confronted with a migration challenge of a scope that it has not seen before. In 2014 and 2015 the number of refugees entering the EU through the Central Mediterranean route has peaked. The number of refugees from Eritrea, increased from 1,889 in 2012 to 35,559 in 2014. The rising numbers of migrants…

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Herbal medicine and health care

In Africa, the role of herbal medicine in primary health care cannot be underestimated and its knowledge has been passed on through generations in a complex way. Traditionally, such important knowledge is passed on to the first-born sons or to other trustworthy persons in the community. In the process, the person inheriting the knowledge will…

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African Traditional Medicine – Healing the Body and the Spirit

When we talk about health and disease in Africa, we need to consider the cultural context in which  they  occur. What does ‘being sick’ mean to an African? It is not a simple issue. Traditional medicine and  traditional healers play key roles in African society. In this context, diseases do not affect only individuals but,…

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Turkmenistan. A small community moving forward …

The Catholic Church, a presence in a land rich in traditions. Turkmenistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It lies along the arduous ancient route of the Silk Road, which connects Beijing to the Mediterranean Sea and which has been the most important channel of transit of ideas and commerce between China and the…

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Charity without advocacy is not enough …

We are sitting in circle for our RUN monthly meeting. The RUN acronym stands for Religious at United Nations, the NGO’s with special consultative status at UN organisms of ECOSOC (Economic & Social Council) or DPI (Department of Public Information). We are the representative of these NGOs and we are sharing our impressions on Pope…

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Before Schengen

Travelling through Europe by train or from the armchair. In one of his short stories the English author William Somerset Maugham writes of an elderly man who had visited the whole world without ever leaving the remote village in the Haute Savoie in which he was born. An avid reader, he had walked the tree-lined…

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Where people never fight

Ndakuta (Hare) and Tia (Civet Cat) were the best of friends ever who went together in their social and daily activities. Wherever one saw Ndakuta, Tia was always there. So they were considered the best friends by all who knew about them. But they lived in two different villages. One day they went hunting. Half…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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