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Churches September 2011

Philippines/1 – A radical optimist

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Tony Meloto, 61, is perhaps the most inspiring living Filipino. He made a life-changing faith experience in a Metro Manila slum. He founded Gawad Kalinga as an expression of his faith and love for the poor. He says: ìI am a radical optimist because I believe in Jesus Christ.î How has Gawad Kalinga (Give Care)…

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Passing on hope

A group of Portuguese missionaries met to share their experiences and visions of evangelization. “Following the Brazilian Church’s appeal to become aware of its missionary call, I see important to participate in missionary animation of the local Church”, says Fr. Joaquim Fonseca, who works in Rondonia. “In Brazil, today, no one feels ashamed of talking…

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Philippines/2 – The poor as family

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See the first part of this interview here. Did Couples for Christ accept such an approach? Many members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) didnít understand or they didnít believe in what I was doing. But since I was a member of the council and I was in charge of the familiesí ministries, particularly Youth…

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Egypt – Crossroads of Change

‘The people are afraid. The revolution has provided a historic opening for equality and freedom for people of all faiths in Egypt but the prospects for Christians depend on the future government’.Such were the recent remarks of Antonios Naguib, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria. In many respects they encapsulate the sense of deep uncertainty…

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World Youth Day – Madrid Africana

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Roselyn, a Kenyan social worker in her twenties, greeted Benedict XVI in Swahili and – in front of a mammoth crowd of one and a half million youth – asked him about the meaning of life in the midst of poverty and pain. She was one of five young people from different parts of the…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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