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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Living as Advocacy.

As members from diverse religious traditions, or even from an a-religious society, we all share a dream to end extreme poverty. The world has achieved remarkable progress in the past two decades in cutting in half the number of people living in extreme poverty. Moreover, in 2015, our governments talked about a new sustainable development…

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The Birth of a Pökot Child.

When a pregnant woman is about to deliver usually other women, most probably two, help her. One of them is an expert mid-wife; this lady is called kama echö. When the mother is about to give birth and her pains have started she is given an amulet to chew. This amulet is a piece of…

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2018 – The Synod of Bishops. A New Questionnaire For The Young People

A new questionnaire invites people from ages 16-29 to help the world’s bishops prepare for their 2018 Synod gathering on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has just opened  of a website in preparation for the Fifteenth Ordinary Assembly on the theme “Young people, the faith,…

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How the Leopard Got His Beautiful Spots.

One morning, once upon a time, the tortoise had a very pleasant surprise when he came out of his hiding place under a rock. He found himself in the midst of a lot of delicious mushrooms. They had come out of the ground overnight. He started to eat them enjoyably. It was not long before…

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The Destruction of Forests.

The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in…

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Cameroon. The troublesome “Anglophone problem”.

Since November, a series of strikes and demonstrations in Cameroon have been affecting the North-east and South-West Anglophone regions. So far, the response of long-term president Paul Biya has been one of repression. At present, an ad hoc committee for a bilingual and multicultural society promises to resolve the persistent problem, assuring equality between Francophone…

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Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700 years. It was as sophisticated as modern ones, in architectural and urban terms. Tikal, which is in Petén province some 300 kilometres north of Guatemala’s capital, was one of the largest cities built by the Mayans at any time in their history. The ancient…

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The Rite of Initiation: Sapana

Sapana  is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become recognised as adult men. Only after the rite, will they be considered as adults meaning that they will be allowed to sit at the meetings with the elders, ‘kokwö’, and participate in sacrifices, ‘kirket’. Early in the morning, before the…

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Comboni Missionaries. A 150 year walk.

They are celebrating the 150th year of their foundation. The event is a good opportunity to acknowledge a history that contains extraordinary pages of a missionary path. A former Superior General, Father  Enrique Sánchez  Gonzáles gives some input on the meaning of this celebration. The dedication and passion for Africa and its people, the enthusiasm,…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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