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Churches August 2013

Tanzania – The Mother of the Community

Margaret John Kiria manages to combine the hard work of a catechist and looking after her family, with kindness and energy. It is still dark in Bagamoyo on the coast of Tanzania. Forty year-old Margaret John Kiria wakens her two daughters Cecilia, 15, and Claudia, 13, and carefully checks her mother’s blood pressure. Before the…

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Mexico – Migrant House

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  This is a place to welcome people pursuing the American dream – a dream that often becomes a nightmare. Xavier smiles as he looks out over the Rio Grande. On the other side, he sees the land he so often imagined and dreamt about: the United States. Only yesterday, he arrived in Nuevo Laredo…

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Mexico – Nuevo Laredo, the diocese of the migrants

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  Nuevo Laredo is a border diocese. From here hundreds of migrants try to cross the border into the United States every day. It is controlled by the drug cartels. Gunfights and violence are part of daily life. The Bishop, Monsignor Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, granted us an interview. How would you describe your diocese?“Nuevo Laredo…

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Brazil – The Pope: “Work for a more just world”

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  “Never tire to work for a more just and united world! No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that still exist in this world,” said the Pope to the young people during a visit to the favela of Rio, called Varginha, on July 25. “We all have to learn to embrace those who…

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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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