Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tanzania. A Church looking to the future with hope.

In 2018, the Tanzanian Church will celebrate 150 years of its presence in the country. Recalling the past when the first Missionaries of the Holy Spirit arrived in Bagamoyo helps to better face the future of the Catholic Church in Tanzania. When the first missionaries arrived in Zanzibar and then in Bagamoyo, on the shores…

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Turkey, which future?

Turkey, located between Europe and Asia, faces several conflicts due to recent political tension. Its geographical location provides significant opportunities as well as vital threats. The current Turkish government is trying to eliminate dangers and puts forth great efforts to create sustainable security in the region. But it seems that neither the European Union nor…

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Hong Kong. Contemplation in the big metropolis.

The small monastery of the Poor Clares in the city of Hong Kong. An experience of prayer and silence in a small island just a few minutes from the centre of a big city. Lamma, which is located in the south of Hong Kong and which is also known as Pok Liu Chau or simply…

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Ecuador. Radio Sucumbíos, at the service of the people.

Nueva Loja is located in the centre of Sucumbíos, in the Amazon forest and is one of the most important cities in the north – east of Ecuador. Its importance derives from the oil-drilling industry. For twenty five years, Radio Sucumbíos has been the voice of the local communities in defense of the environment and…

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The Tunisian Paradox.

The Cradle of Secular Parliamentary Democracy Faces Daunting Obstacles. A risk to become a potential epicenter of a new wave of terrorism. The so-called Arab Spring started in Tunisia. On December 17, 2010. Mohamed Bouazizi, an underemployed, fruit vendor set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzeid. He was protesting a personal humiliation…

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HK. The largest gap in Asia between rich and poor.

On 1 July next Hong Kong will begin the twenty years until its official return to the Chinese motherland. Busy as usual, but with an additional concern for the economic situation, it does not ignore the problems and the risks it must face, starting with the continuing tension with Beijing in an effort to preserve…

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DR Congo. The plundering of Congolese mines.

Month after month, new revelations show that the Congolese mines continue to be plundered by a coalition of unethical miners and corrupt local officials which bizarrely remain in office. Congo is endowed with mineral riches but there is little trickling down for the people. One of the reasons is that companies do not pay to…

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Pakistan. On the road.

Inscriptions on trucks offer a key to understanding the popular view on the ground and give a glimpse into several aspects of Pakistani culture. Out of all the trucks in Pakistan using the country’s nearly 247,000 km of roads, the vast majority have inscriptions written on them in any one (or more) of several languages…

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Philippines. Beyond the drugs war.

After he took office, the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, an outsider in Filipino political history, set in motion at an extremely controversial war or drug traffickers operating in his country. The real reasons for this war. The unity of the country. Chinese interests in the Philippines.   This war is causing widespread protests and controversy for…

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HK. The future challenges.

Hong Kong’s data come from its economic power, and are verified in a high quality of life, in first-class services, but also in economic terms the relationship with communist China, problematic and increasingly overwhelming, must not be forgotten. This was recalled by economist Chenggang Xu: “Hong Kong, nerve centre of the Asian economy, is deeply…

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India. A newspaper by street kids

‘Balaknama’, a newspaper  that highlights the problems faced by Indian street children, but not only, the tabloid is also a tool to change their lives. Damayanti, 12, moves fast along the queue of cars waiting for the green light in one of the busiest streets near the New Delhi railway station. She sells copies of…

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Uganda. Acholi, the rite of the birth of a child

Acholi is a Luo Nilotic ethnic group from Northern Uganda. They are approximately 1.2 million in the country. Among the Acholi people, the birth of a child is regarded as a miraculous work of the supreme God, Nyarubanga. The spirits of the dead ancestors known in Acholi as Abila, also play an important part in…

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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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