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Dossier September 2017

‘Unity In Diversity’.

As an archipelago of 17,000 islands, the geographical and cultural bridge between the Far East and southern Asia and from there towards the Middle Eastern world, the link-country between the Asian world and that of the Pacific, in its meeting and amalgamation of culture, trade and ideologies, possesses an essential element. Indonesia still possesses the…

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Indonesia. A Country In Transition.

The vast Indonesian archipelago shows all the signs of possibly becoming the next ‘Asian miracle’. A large population (260 million) that is slowly but surely developing culturally and opening up to global commitments; immense resources to be administered despite the difficulty of maintaining a balance between exploitation and protecting the environment; its geographic position and…

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Economic Turbulence.

The economic future of this populous south-east Asian country is increasingly ambivalent. On the one hand it is becoming regional with its presently limited integration of customs, commerce and finance with the other nine ASEAN countries which, up to 2015, called itself an integrated economic community.  On the other, it is pursuing its own developmental…

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Catholic Church. In search Of A Shared Life.

The catholic faith, originally brought by the Portuguese, went through Dutch persecution and through varying phases as regards its presence and evangelisation and today plays a role certainly greater in importance than its numbers would suggest. Its participation in the social development of the country is concrete as is its influence through educational institutions and…

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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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