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Churches November 2014

Mexico. Bishop in the narco-traffickers’ Sierra

Drug traffickers have taken over and keep capillary control of Sierra Tarahumara. People live in fear. Young people are in the hands of the cartels. Every day somebody disappears. We talked with Monsignor Rafael Sandoval, Bishop of the Tarahumara Diocese, in the southeast of the Chihuahua State in Mexico. “Bands of drug traffickers keep capillary…

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Mexico. Celebrating the departed

From ancestor veneration to the modern rituals of Dia de los muertos. The connections between life and death, between the living and the dead. As night falls, a young woman lights the candles surrounding the altar she created in honour of her grandmother who passed away two years ago. The ofrenda, an offering embodied in…

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Kenya. The Missionary for Social Justice

A Comboni missionary living in one of the slums on the outskirts of Nairobi tells us what defines his mission. “I am not trapped in the divide between ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’”. I live in Korogocho, one of the 200 slums of Nairobi. These slums are home to about 60% of Nairobi’s population.Yet, they occupy only…

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Africa. Ebola – Missionaries on the Front Line

They stay behind despite a very real danger/fear of contagion because Africa is truly their home. “At this moment of pain and uncertainty we cannot abandon our people; we can only try to bring them a bit of hope”. These are the encouraging words of Fr. Luigi Brioni, an Italian Xaverian Missionary living in Sierra…

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Advocacy

Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to…

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Baobab

How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect…

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Youth & Mission

Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a…

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