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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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