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Churches July 2016

Brazil. The green movement for the Amazon.

A Bishop fighting against the deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. A hospital ship named in honour of Pope Francis to reach the remote areas along the rivers Amazonas, Trobetas, Nhamundá, Tapajós where the indigenous people live. Thousands of trees are cut down every minute during the day and transported to sawmills on big trucks at…

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Philippines. The Coloured Houses for abandoned children.

To go beyond peripheries into “no man’s land” – the dark corners, inhospitable situations of abuse and exploitation – reaching out to the young who have been left to themselves in the rough corners of life. Father Vincent Borno, talked about his experience. Since Pope Francis’ arrival, it has become fashionable to speak of peripheries.…

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DR. of Congo. The smiling faces of people

For more than twenty years now, Brother Richard Hardi, a medical ophthalmologist, travels through the forest of the Congo to reach the most distant villages and restore sight to people otherwise condemned to a life of darkness. His old four-wheel drive vehicle moves slowly along the track deep in the rainforest. Three hours ago, we…

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Brazil. The Gospel of Mercy Behind bars.

A Comboni Missionary for more than thirty years, he defends the human rights of youths imprisoned in Brazilian prisons for minors.  Taking advantage of a pause in the incessant Autumn rains, I made my usual visit to the Educational Centre for Youth in João Pessoa, the capital of the State of Paraíba, in north-east Brazil.…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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