Monthly Archives: June 2016

Is China, Africa’s true friend?

Since December 2007 when the Malawi government switched off ties with Taiwan and embraced Mainland China, the country has witnessed an influx of Chinese products most of which are of low quality. Chinese shops are littered all over the main towns and cities offering cheap goods to Malawians. Good range from toothpicks, cotton buds, spoons,…

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Central African Republic. Dialogue is the way

“The walls of mistrust and separation can be knocked down by dialogue and solidarity. Fear is the first enemy of peace and brotherhood among communities”. After four years of civil war in the Central African Republic, peace is gradually coming back. The Catholic Archbishop of the capital Bangui, Mons. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, talked to us about…

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Music – Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music star, but for Papa Wemba, Fr. Federico Lombardi made what can be regarded as a notable exception. The Jesuit priest, as director of the press office of the Holy See, has more often to deal with the interpretation of…

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Africa. American mercenaries at the service of Chinese companies

Erik Prince, founder of the controversial private security contractor Blackwater to advise and support Chinese investments in oil, mining and other sectors in the African continent. Erik Prince, a former member of the United States Navy SEALs, founded the Blackwater in 1997, when he turned the family company, a supplier to the automobile manufacturing industry,…

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Angola. In search of the lost billions.

According to the main opposition party, UNITA, over US $ 170 billion of oil revenues are missing and it urges President dos Santos to tell where they’ve gone. The late Angola specialist, French political scientist Christine Messiant and some of her colleagues revealed some 16 years ago, the existence a “Bermuda Triangle”, where oil revenues…

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Giving our lives for others

What brings out the crowds to cheer on a hero, a liberator, like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many more. They had a common goal to bring justice, freedom and truth to the world. These great people despite their human frailties gave their lives for others without counting the cost. They are…

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Brazil. Lele for Beatification

Thirty years ago, they killed Fr. Ezekiel (Lele) Ramin, a Comboni Missionary working in Caocal, in the state of Rondonia. He was only 32. “A Martyr of Charity” Pope John Paul II called him a few days after his death. The diocesan process for beatification has already begun. As the old jeep moves swiftly along…

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Lebanon. Bitter Cedars

The internal security is at high risk. The central institutions are moving towards extinction. Lebanon continues to remain without a president of the republic. Millions of refugees old and new. The Lebanese security situation is becoming more and more dangerous. There are almost daily signals confirming that the country is heading into a very dangerous…

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Mexico. The Xitas, the symbol of cultural continuity.

Temascalcingo is a small municipality in the north-western area of the State of Mexico.  The name of this town comes from a Nahuatl word meaning ‘place of the small temascal’ (a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge). Here, myths of origin have become traditions re-enacted at festive gatherings held year after year with the involvement of the entire…

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South Sudan. The Lokoya. A people’s comunity life

The Lokoya people are situated in Eastern Equatoria in the Southern Sudan.  They are estimated to be around thirty thousand people. The economic activities of the community are carried out in accordance with the season of the year. They have four seasons: dry season, wet season, mid-rainy season and harvest season. Some aspects of their…

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Poverty & Exploitation

The Cambodian people are, on average, very young, engaged in the difficult search for well being, ready to forget but can no longer ignore the tragedy they suffered. They are ready to implement concretely, within the limits determined by politics and social conventions, their desire for justice. With public life characterized by corruption and the…

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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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