Monthly Archives: November 2017

Kuwait. Mediator In The Gulf Crisis.

Democratic Aspirations and an Open Outlook to the World Make Kuwait Uniquely Suited to Mediate Disputes in the Persian Gulf. Kuwait has been playing a leading role in resolving the latest Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis’ involving Qatar (and Oman) on one side and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other. As…

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Justice, Peace And Liberty.

On May 4th 1976 Paul VI named as auxiliary bishop of Newark (New Jersey – US) Joseph A. Francis. He was the forth black catholic bishop of the US -the first had been James Augustine Healy. Actually most of the ordinations of black priests in this country took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Color…

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Rwanda. Do Banks Hold A responsibility In The Genocide ?

The French justice will investigate on accusations against BNP Paribas’s financing of weapons which may have been used to perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Other banks may have to respond to similar charges. Twenty-three years after the genocide of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda, the fight of the survivors and of the…

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2018: An Entire Year Of European Cultural Heritage.

Questions about the merits of the common market are well under way, but the European institutions are keen to ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is celebrated.  Why a Year of European Cultural Heritage? There is no doubt that we benefit from affordable prices of goods and services, but negative side effects of a common market…

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Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs. Historically almost all Malawian tribes migrated from somewhere else with the indigenous ‘Akafula’ or ‘dwarfs’ being the original tribes. The Chewa tribe is the country’s largest, accounting for 34.1 percent of the 16 million people.  The second biggest tribe is…

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Egypt. Sharing Devotion.

Places sacred to both Christians and Moslems where the faithful tend to join together and pray. Moslem devotion to Our Lady. Christians who visit the holy tombs of Moslems to beg their intercession, Moslems making votive offerings in the place where Mary gave birth to Jesus: these practices were widespread in Mediterranean countries during the…

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African Young People As Peacebuilders.

Violent conflicts are prevalent in African countries with large youth populations such as Mali, Central African Republic and Somalia. In some instances, young people contribute to the violence in these conflicts. But if engaged positively, the youth can be key to reducing violence, improving security and opposing violent extremism in their countries – they are, after…

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Nigeria: The Need For A Political Cure.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent health problems led to the emergence of Nigeria’s health problems. This African country showed some weak spots that could cause instability if the transition of powers at the top levels of the state does not run smoothly.   In 2017 Muhammadu Buhari first left for London on 21st January. His…

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Kenya/Borana. Restore Peace.

Among the Borana, an ethnic group that lives in northern Kenya, there are three funeral celebrations: the day of the burial, two weeks after the death and one year later. The role of the eldest son. The meaning of the sacrifices. The Borana believe that, at death, the body, nafa, separates itself from life, lubu.…

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Mexico. The Dance of the Devils.

The Dance of the Devils is performed on the occasion of Mexico’s most traditional festivities known as the ‘Day of the Dead’. The ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities are celebrated on the last days of October and the first days of November in Mexico. During these celebrations young men dress up as cowboys or as…

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Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a marginal role. Marriages follow a matriarchal system where the man moves from his parents and lives with his wife at her parents’ home. When a man has found a woman to marry, he tells his uncles who will pass on…

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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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