Monthly Archives: April 2017

Latin America. The sacred symbolism of Jade

Jade was the cornerstone of the Mesoamerican people. Its economic, political and, above all, ritual importance was due not only to its beauty and material value, but to its sacred symbolism associated with water, corn and life itself. Today, many elaborate objects made of this stone are preserved testimonies of the level of artistic complexity…

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Dinka culture. Together as a family.

There are important values of Dinka culture and moral values for women and men. They have a tradition which allows continuity of a family from one generation to the next. Some refer to this tradition as ‘ghost marriage’. The ghost marriage requires that when a man dies or is absent  from home for a long…

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Young laity engages in transforming Asia.

For more than ten years Fondacio Asia, through formation programs for a diverse group of young people, helps them to be leaders of projects and missions for the Church and the society. Tugso, 27, comes from the mountain steppes of Mongolia. In 2014, she started an empowerment program for women living in extreme poverty in…

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God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be a faithful follower of the nonviolent Jesus. Send the Holy Spirit of nonviolence upon me that I will love everyone, from my neighbour to my enemies, that I may…

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Morocco. Rejoins the African Union in a surprise move.

In February, the Moroccan government surprised the international community after withdrawing its troops from the disputed Guerguerat border area with Mauritania. The realpolitik of Mohammed VI. Possible negotiations between Rabat and el-Ayoun (the capital of Western Sahara). Guerguerat has effectively served as a buffer zone monitored by UN military observers. The border demarcates the division…

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Maytenus senegalensis – The magical plant.

It is used for the treatment of a number of diseases and disorders. In African traditional medicine it is one of the oldest and dates back many generations. Maytenus senegalensis (Lam.) Excell: it is commonly called Staff tree and belongs to the plant family Celastraceae. It is a shrub or a tree growing up to…

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Benin. A Bishop tells his story.

From Nigeria to Canada and back to Benin. The encounter with the dignity of a poor people, the discovery of Christian communities rich in vitality and faith. Mons. François Gnonhossou, Bishop of Dassa-Zoumè says: “ The mission does not consist in teaching the faith to another but travelling with the other on the path of…

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The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their daily food. Rice was only permitted to be grown in heaven. At that time rice was the food of the gods. At that time man was permitted to visit…

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South Sudan. People of the people.

Though known for centuries as the Dinka, they actually call themselves Moinjaang, ‘People of the people’. The more numerous Southern Lwo branch includes peoples living in central Uganda and neighbouring sections of DR Congo and western Kenya. According to a myth held by many Dinka sections, the first people to be created by God (Nhialic)…

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Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have a long history all around the world, those that made history during the 20th century were from Latin America. Their birth can be scheduled when “Latin America became independent…

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Peru. The Gospel along the river.

For some years now, a group of Comboni Missionaries has been present among the Ashaninka and Nomatsiguengas indigenous peoples in the Central Selva of Peru. In the area, there are also powerful Drug traffickers and terrorists. San Martin de Pangoa is a district of the province of Satipo located in the Central Selva of Peru.…

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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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