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Churches January 2012

Lesotho – Good news in the waves

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Following a trend that swept through Africa in the 1990s, the Episcopal Conference of Lesotho decided to open a radio station to serve both Church and society. The Catholic Church is firmly established in the country, and cooperates with the government in many areas, from education to health. At the same time, it needs its…

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DR Congo – Mental health

  Kasereka’s face reveals a disproportionate fear. A month ago he should have undergone a hernia operation in Goma’s provincial hospital, but as he was being taken to the theatre the 14-year old boy was gripped by such a panic that the doctors decided to take him for psychiatric treatment. When I met him he…

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Dialogue – In the depth there is love

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  Sheikh Hussein, head of the Sufi fraternity al-Bayyumiyya, invited me to participate to a convention in Busayliyya, a village in Upper Egypt, near Edfu. In the past Edfu was known for a temple dedicated to the god Horus, today it is known for the arson that burnt the Coptic church on September 30, 2001,…

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South Africa – Where the sun rises

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 South Africa is a new frontier for us Comboni Missionaries Sisters. We arrived in Pretoria at the end of 2010. We were at first hosted by the bishop, we moved to a community of German lay missionaries, and finally found a home in Mamelodi. Mamelodi is a large town outside Pretoria. About one million people…

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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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