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Churches January 2015

Asia. Speaking to the Asian heart

Pope Francis will return again to visit Asia for the second time. Why is Pope Francis so interested in the continent of Asia? The following is a possible key to the answer to this question. This new journey to the Asian continent after less than five months, shows how deeply interested Pope Francis is in…

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Bangladesh. Tokai Songho for street children

The streets are always crowded. Boys and girls running and playing. There is a continuous zig zag of bicycles, cars and wheelbarrows. But there are also the harrowing faces of the marginalised, fearful and suspicious street children. If the police arrest them, they are beaten, but mostly people just avoid them. They live in a…

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Spiritual Economy to Live Well

Spirituality must give a soul to the economy. “The market was made for human beings and not human beings for the market”. When a Brazilian company built the Tucuruí hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, different groups in defence of the Indians tried to impede the construction. When they could do so no more, they insisted…

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Asia. “A simple pastoral journey”.

Pope Francis will make his second apostolic visit to Asia. From 13-15 January, Sri Lanka and from 15-19, the Philippines. A few days before the pope’s visit, Sri Lanka will go to the pole. There is a fear that election organizers will exploit the pope’s visit as a political tool. In fact, posters have been…

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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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