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South Sudan. A great heart with great faith.

A poor woman takes a foreign mother into her house and looks after her sick daughter. She goes to the church and asks the missionary to pray that the child gets well. In the eyes of many, Nyamuone is a woman of little account. Her husband abandoned her because, in his opinion, she was unable…

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The Lack of Solidarity of International Trade.

Faced with the evident failure of the multilateral free trade and investment agreements promoted by the European Union (EPAs, TTIP, MERCOSUR), Europe has developed its commercial strategy through bilateral economic agreements with third countries. The last of these bilateral agreements has been the one of the EU and Singapore added to a long list. In…

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Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia.

If it is true that the Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was shaped by monasticism, more so it can be said of the Ethiopian Christianity. Ethiopia converted to Christianity around the year 330 through the work of two Syrian young brothers who were taken prisoners in the Red Sea and brought to the court…

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Rwanda. Twenty-five years after Apocalypses. A transformed country.

Twenty-five years after the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, the country is peaceful and the economy is booming. But citizens are striving for more freedom. September 1994. Two months after the end of the genocide, the capital, Kigali was offering a picture of sadness and devastation. The windows of most government offices were broken.…

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The Monastery of Debre Libanos.

From its very foundation, Debre Libanos grew in prestige and power until it surpassed all the other monasteries, thanks in the first place to the personality of its founder, Tekle Haimanot, but also to the permanent support of political power. It is still today at the head of the monastic life in Ethiopia. The data…

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Boeing 737-MAX Incident Won’t Thwart Ethiopian Airlines’ Ambitions.

The Addis Ababa – Nairobi route, it’s often a necessary ‘rite of passage’ for those heading for a variety of African destinations. And so it was for the 157 people who boarded the tragic flight of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, flight ET302, which crashed at 08.44 on the morning of Sunday March 10,…

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Burundi spirals into dictatorship and isolation.

Four years after the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to run for a third mandate against the spirit of the constitution and the 2000 Arusha Peace Agreement, Burundi has sunk into oblivion, isolation and dictatorship. Burundi is a forgotten but ongoing crisis. On the last 21 February, 35 NGOs launched in Nairobi a…

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Pan-Amazon Synod. Opening New Pathways.

A vast consultation process involving many communities in Amazonia. A new way of being Church. Respecting ‘Our common home’. The role of women.  Speaking with Mexican Mauricio Lopez Oropeza, executive secretary of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM) and member of the Pre-Synod Council. At six months from the Pan-Amazon Synod. How are the preparations going?…

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The Monastery of Debre Damo.

Among the many Ethiopian monasteries Debre Damo deserves to be mentioned first. Not because it is the largest or the most important, but because it concentrates in itself certain original characteristics that do not occur in others. In the first place, its antiquity. Founded by Aregawi, one of the ‘Nine Saints’, at the beginning of…

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Brazil. Prisons Without Walls.

In Brazil, where prisons are places of violence and the rate of re-offending is as high as 80%, there are also penitentiaries where the detainees succeed in changing. The secret? Trust, because nobody is beyond redemption. An experience born of a Christian context. Cleubert was born into a poor and afflicted family, of an alcoholic…

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The Monastery of Hayk.

If we mention the monastery of Hayk (or Hayq) among the three chosen for this dossier, it is certainly not because of the importance it has nowadays, but because of the one it had in the past, especially during the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and because of its connection and that of its founder, Iyasus…

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Africa/China. Chinese Investments in African High Technology.

Chinese high-tech companies are banking on Africa, especially on the ‘Silicon Savannah’ of Nairobi, to develop strategies aimed at satisfying emerging markets. The unknown factor is the collection and management of mega-data Of all the roughly 200 technological hubs in the emerging African market, the Nairobi cluster stands out, so much so that it has…

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Advocacy

Language, the way for Advocacy too.

I arrived among the Nuer in November 2005. It was my first mission assignment. I had expectantly waited for that moment throughout many years of…

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Baobab

Spider's Web.

The animals were lonely. They stood in the forest talking to one another, wondering how they could each get a wife to keep them company and…

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Youth & Mission

Our Planet. What we can do.

Human society, of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that…

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