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Culture December 2011

Book Review – Jesus of Galilee

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  In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI posed the question to Christian believers and scholars, “What has Jesus really brought…if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world?”. In response to the Pope’s challenge, a group of theologians from around the world gathered in Galilee to reflect about the significance of Jesus…

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Inculturation – He could not find God

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  The following story was created out of discussions with the Christians in Iramba Parish, Musoma Diocese, Tanzania on how to communicate the joyful and saving message of Christmas in a fresh and African way. Once upon a time, all the people lived in one big valley, in large extended families. These people were ordinary…

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Museum – African flow

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  In the shadow of the Tour Eiffel, skirted by the Seine, there is a museum dedicated to world culture. “This museum is the result of the merging of two older collections. The first came from the Museum of Ethnography at the Trocadero, the oldest French institution dedicated to Africa and other parts of the…

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African Cinema – Fresh ideas

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  The very first Festival of African Cinema in Italy took place in Verona in 1981. Today, 31 years later, it is still going strong. It has also become one of the beacons of African cinema in Europe. The Festival has shown great vitality, going from the militant films of the 1980s to modern production,…

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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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