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Dossier January 2014

The Catholic Church

The Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia, the former Apostolic Vicariate of Aden, Yemen, was established in 1889.This is the place where the Catholic Church started its missionary work. Capuchins were in charge of the Vicariate of Arabia, which included Kuwait, the Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In 1939 the first Catholic Church…

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Keeping the ‘Status Quo’

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Three years after the Arab Spring uprising against Bahrain’s ruling family, the Shiite and Sunni communities of the kingdom  have not yet found a solution for a pacific coexistence. The causes of tension are purely socio-economic. Hostilities in Bahrain are the result of sectarian policies of the Sunni-led government, in areas such as employment, housing,…

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Days of protests

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  On Valentine’s Day of 2011,  thousands of demonstrators  flooded the Pearl Roundabout in the heart of Manama, demanding political reforms, a constitutional monarchy, a society without religious discrimination, freedom of the press and a parliament with real powers. Bahrain, in fact, is a constitutional monarchy where the parliamentary representation has been redesigned to ensure…

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Bahrain – The Arab Spring’s “missed” opportunity

  Bahrain, whose name means “two seas” in Arabic, is an archipelago on the west coast of the Persian Gulf. The country’s capital is Manama. Since 1507 and for more than a century it was the Portuguese port of call on the route to India. After the Portuguese occupation, Bahrain fell under the control of…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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