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Churches October 2013

Pope: “The Church’s missionary spirit is a testimony of a life”

In his first message for World Mission Day, Pope Francis proposes some reflections. A synthesis of his message. This year, as we celebrate World Mission Day, the Year of Faith, which is an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage, comes…

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St. Daniel Comboni – The experience of holiness

On the 10th anniversary of St. Daniel Comboni’s canonization, Father Enrique Sánchez, Superior General of the Comboni missionaries, underlines the challenges of Comboni’s holiness and its implication on the life of the missionaries. “I believe this is a good opportunity for us – writes Father Enrique – to pause for a moment and give thanks…

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Panama – The Black Christ of Portobelo

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The town of Portobelo lies on the Atlantic Coast of Panama. It is a modest seaside village, squeezed tightly between thick jungle and the blue Caribbean Sea. The homes are made of clapboard and built around and among the ruins of what was one of Spain’s richest and liveliest ports from mid 16th to early…

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Brazil – the other economy

Mons. Pedro Casaldáliga, bishop emeritus of São Félix do Araguaia, Brazil, gives us the meaning of the ‘other economy’, which “cannot be merely economic. It has to be integral, ecological, and intercultural, at the service of Living Well and Living Well Together, in building human completeness” When we talk about the “Other Economy,” we are…

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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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