Monthly Archives: October 2016

Burundi. A place for remembering.

Many initiatives have been implemented during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. One of these was the establishment of the ‘Chapel of Mercy and Peace’ in Kamenge, a district of Bujumbura  where, two years ago, three Xaverian missionary sisters were killed. On the front door of the chapel is written in the Kirundi language: Agasengero k…

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Ebola. The World not ready to face another epidemics.

Research has made considerable progress but the world is not yet ready to face another epidemics, says World Health Organisation’s former director general, Peter Piot. Fourty years after the first ebola outbreak, occurred at Yambuku in the Eastern Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 250 researchers and health specialists assessed the situation during…

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Peru, the difficult path towards the common wealth

Peru is located on the western coast of South America. Its geographically uneven territory is divided in three major topographic regions: a desert coast (11.7% of its territory), where 54.6% of the Peruvian population lives; La Sierra, the Peruvian portion of the Andes, which covers 28.4% of the territory and which is home to  31.7%…

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Pope Francis. To ‘go out’ as missionary disciples.

This year World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on 23 October. In his Message, Pope Francis said the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy invites us “to consider the missio ad gentes – the mission to the world – as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material.” “To ‘go out’ as missionary disciples,”.…

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South Africa: A future with many unknowns

Discontent with president Zuma is growing. In the last local election the ANC lost the main cities. Many think towards his replacement. The future leader could be his ex-wife: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The scandals that in recent years involved the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, have called into question his ability to govern. They have…

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Trinidad and Tobago. Shango, sticking to roots.

Unknown to most people, and often considered a mere folkloric tradition, the Shango ritual plays an important role in the lives of  many inhabitants of  the islands of Trinidad and Togabo. The Shango is a religious ritual which is still practiced today in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago where the majority of the population…

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Malawi. Sharing in a beer party

Sitting in a circle. To chat, to exchange news, to joke and laugh. Chewa people enjoy staying together, strengthening family bonds and meeting new friends. To share food and drinks is so important part. The role of beer is seen as the cement of the community, the ‘ferment’ of unity. The Chewa proverb says, ‘Chibale…

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Burundi. President defies the world.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has defied internal and external pressure to hold talks with the opposition and end a one-year political crisis which started when he extended his term despite a constitutional two-term limit. Security forces have been able to subdue rebel groups, which fought security services in the capital few months ago albeit at…

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Agribusiness swallows a defeat in Kenya.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” says an African proverb, and this can be seen as an unavoidable guideline for advocacy. Agribusiness Dominion Farms defeat in Kenya is for this a good example. Let’s see what happened. Dominion Farms Limited is a company from the…

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Brazil. “We harbour no illusions with Temer’s government”.

Indigenous people continue to be under threats: violence, intimidations and murders. The indifference of Brazilian society. The big lobby against indigenous people in the Brazilian Congress. The new government against the indigenous people. We talked with Bishop Roque Paloschi, president of the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) a Catholic institution with the National Conference of Brazilian…

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Refugees. Who will give them welcome?

The bombs keep falling and the barrels fall from the sky and burst with a massive boom and searing, burning flames consume the men, women and children. The chlorine chemical poison spreads among the ruins of Aleppo. The people are dead, others are suffering in agony, the children are screaming. The White Helmet Rescuers rush…

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China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America

In recent years China has asserted itself as a key player in the global arms trade. Not only have both export volume and weapons quality increased rapidly, the range of customers China has been supplying has also expanded greatly over the course of the past decade. Latin America is one of the key regions into…

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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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