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The Catholic Church in Mauritania

A small diocese, whose nuns and priests have endeared themselves to the local population with their social commitment and support. Mauritania is a Muslim country: 99.5% of the 3.4million inhabitants are Muslims. Catholics, mostly foreigners, represent just 0.1% of the country’s population. The number of non-immigrant Christians is unknown. Conversions to any religion, but Islam,…

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Archbishop Oscar Romero – Icon and Symbol of the Martyrs

Msgr. Luis Infanti Della Mora, Bishop of the region of Aysen in Chilean Patagonia, is among the most committed to the defence of the land of the local peoples of Patagonia. We asked him to explain to us what meaning it had to remember Msgr Oscar Romero, one of the most significant figures of the…

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The role of Chinese intelligence in Africa

Chinese intelligence is operating in Africa on a large scale. Thanks to many companies working in the continent. From infrastructure to communications. But also expanding its military assistance with the main objective: to control the strategic resources and trade routes. The Chinese intelligence services have started to operate in Africa at least since the early…

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Mali – Timbuktu: Difficult reconciliation

Walking through the streets of Timbuktu, you’ll breathe history, myth and mystery. This city, founded in the 12th century by the Tuareg of the Araouan region, has developed from the 14th century onwards economically and, even more, culturally. It reached its maximum splendor in the 16th century. It was home to 100,000 people. In the…

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DRC – Agro-industrial parks to address the food security challenge

The DR Congo government has decided to create 20 agro-industrial parks to tap the country’s huge agricultural potential and to address the challenge of food security. The challenge is a difficult one. According to the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute, the DRC could be the food basket of Africa and even of other parts…

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Catholic Parliamentary Advocacy in Africa

‘It is not to promote the interests of the Catholic Church as an institution. But to promote the common good through advocacy which is based on the values of Catholic Social Teaching, especially the preferential option for the poor’ Some years ago, a bishop in one of Africa’s smaller countries remarked that he lived on…

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Can Africa sustain a truly democratic culture?

Democracy has loosely been defined as the government of the people, by the people, for the people. This definition has stood the test of time, be it in Asia, Latin America, Europe or Africa. Therefore, the demand for political participation and the involvement of the people in the choice of their leaders and in the…

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Nigeria. Boko Haram should go back to school


Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, believes it sufficient to declare himself a Muslim to know the religion and the law, while it is clear that he should go back to school as quickly as possible. Risen to headline notoriety for the kidnapping and abduction of 223 Christian girls from a college and then forcing them…

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Comboni Missionaries and Advocacy

Along the years and in a variety of ways Comboni Missionaries have often been engaged in appropriate activities at the service of justice for the oppressed or relief for the suffering at the local level.  Today the forces that determine the well-being of local populations or determine their future are often global in nature or…

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Bolivia & Argentina – Dynamic drug trafficking

Drug trafficking is a challenge for Bolivia and Argentina too. Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca leaf, (behind Peru and Colombia), forcing traffickers to move there. According to recent estimates, about 30,000 hectares of Bolivian land are devoted to coca cultivation, while Bolivia’s legal coca crop limit is 12,000 hectares (for traditional use).…

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Peru – Coca cultivation on the rise

Just like the Colombian FARC, what remains of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebel group in Peru, has played a leading role in the production and trafficking of cocaine with excellent returns, since the Andean country, over the last years has increased coca cultivation and Peru has become the world’s main grower of coca leaves…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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