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Churches September 2014

Colombia. Gold fever

Gold fever has infected the Chocó region, one of the poorest in Colombia. A great opportunity for criminal gangs and paramilitary groups that make a good profit out of this, while the population is struggling to survive. The bishop of Istmina–Tado tries to help these people threatened by poverty and criminality. Monsignor Julio Hernando Garcia…

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Bangladesh. Bridges among mountains

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is a region in the south-east of Bangladesh, on the borders with India and Myanmar. It is an inaccessible mountain area that the local government has kept isolated from the rest of the country. A group of nuns lives there sharing faith and simple life with the local people. It takes…

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The variety of Ethiopian crosses

Throughout Ethiopia’s history, crosses have played a major role in the ancient legacy of Christianity. No other symbol is as ever present as the cross in Ethiopian culture and no other country in the world has created such a vast quantity of cross designs as Ethiopia. The simple original intersection of two arms has developed…

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Ethiopia. The cross: symbol of a country.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (Tawahedo) celebrates two feasts of the Holy Cross: ‘The Exaltation of the Holy Cross’ is the most popular, it is called the ‘Masqal festival’. It falls on Meskerem 17 of the Ethiopian calendar corresponding to September 27 in the Julian calendar. This ancient Christian feast follows eight days of celebrations starting…

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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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