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Nicaragua. Street Children’s Circus.

They are at the traffic lights, juggling their torches and coloured balls and performing acrobatics. The street children have invented a new approach to raising funds by amusing the motorists. It is evening and the traffic flows along the brightly lit street of Managua. At the traffic lights, children both large and small have exchanged…

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Niger. Elections on the frontier of jihad.

The country is at the crossroads. Presidential and parliament elections are scheduled for the next 27 December in a country which is facing a number of serious challenges including jihadism, climate change, migration and the fall of uranium prices. The parliament elections and the first round of the presidential elections are due on the next…

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Ghana. Togoland and the future of the nation.

In September, separatist attacks took place in the Volta Region of Ghana. These events represented an escalation in terms of action for the autonomist movement. They are the consequence of historic grievances and of an increase in political violence in the country. The competition for the 7th December presidential and political elections could worsen this…

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Islamic Finance. Not Just for the Islamic World Anymore.

To build an alternative financial model. To employ profit-loss risk-sharing arrangements. To invest in solid assets. To encourage favorable changes for Western consumers and new business opportunities for Western institutions. The appeal of Islamic finance, which in its modern form began in 1963 in Egypt through the Mit Ghamr Bank according to the ideas of…

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Burkina Faso: Shadows and dangers.

The country is in turmoil. Jihadist violence risks tearing it apart. In November 2020 the country is supposed to choose its new President and new parliamentarians, but the polls may aggravate the situation. The main threat to Burkina Faso’s security is terrorism, due to two jihadist groups that fight against the government and against each…

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Chokepoints: the vulnerable doors of the Middle East.

Chokepoints are of huge geostrategic importance to the Middle East, where there are three of the most important maritime straits: the Suez Canal, the strait of Hormuz and the strait of Bal el-Mandeb. Strong economic, political, and military interests are at stake. Main facilitators of international freight transport activities, and therefore vulnerable to various factors,…

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Africa. Unsafe roads.

The continent has the highest percentage in the world of deaths in road accidents which kill many more people than viral infections. The causes are many with bad roads, insufficient policing, drunkenness and old vehicles.  In Africa, the increase of mobility with automobiles, people moving from place to place, and roads under construction, brings a…

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Cameroon. Football versus alcohol.

A soccer championship is useful in order to keep hundreds of young people of the Baka ethnic group in Cameroon far away from alcohol consumption. The sun is going down in the town of Mintom, in southern Cameroon, one of the regions of Central Africa with the highest concentration of pygmy population. The sky is…

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Cote d’Ivoire. A clash of dinosaurs dominates the presidential election race.

After the crisis that followed the presidential election of 2010, the country is facing another duel of dinosaurs during a campaign where ethnic and nationality issues might spoil the debate. The death, on the last 8 July of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has completely changed the political game in Cote d’Ivoire. Indeed, ten years…

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The Philippines. The Land of Natural Disasters.

Located in the rim around the Pacific Ocean dubbed “The Ring of Fire,” the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries on earth. It is hard hit all year round by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tropical cyclones and landslides. “The Ring of Fire” – that is how scientists call that thin region of dynamic…

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Mali. A country in turmoil.

On 18th August 2020, a group of military officers took power in Mali, arrested President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita and other leading figures and created the Comité National pour le Salut du Peuple (National Committee for the Salvation of the People, CNSP) to rule the country. The CNSP is led by Colonel Assimi Goita, head of…

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Suez. Present Uncertainty and Future Strategy.

The Suez Canal has always been strategically important for Egypt and the whole area. Before the end of 2023 it is planned to widen the canal which will allow an increase in daily ship traffic, with important consequences for trade and profits. The strategic importance of the Suez Canal has ancient roots. Works to join…

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news archive – summaries

African Independence. For a new Pan-Africanism.

Almost all the African constitutions declare their adhesion to Pan Africanism in their preambles and many…

01 Aug 2020

Somalia. Glimmers of hope.

After decades of distrust and hostility, the Somali brothers from Mogadishu, from the break-away state of…

01 Aug 2020

Afghanistan. Among the children of Kabul.

The long years of conflict have transformed Afghanistan into one of the worst countries in the…

01 Aug 2020

African Independence. Sixty years on.

Sixty years ago, seventeen African countries became independent. Enough time has gone by to take stock…

01 Aug 2020

Egypt. The Economic Power of the Military.

Cities built from nothing in the desert, vast infrastructure created, gold mines opened, arms and steel…

01 Jul 2020

Mozambique. Cabo Delgado. Under Siege.

The Jihadist movement continues its action attacking villages, destroying and burning houses, schools and places of…

01 Jul 2020

Colombia. An Uneasy Peace.

Since the ratification of the historic Peace Accord between the then President of Colombia Juan Manuel…

01 Jul 2020

Sudan. The democratic transition in peril.

The economic crisis amplified by the coronavirus pandemics, ongoing unrest in the provinces and divisions in…

01 Jul 2020

Afghanistan. A country in pieces.

The "historical accord" between the United States and the Taliban, without involving the Kabul government is…

01 Jun 2020

Africa. The struggle of African Women.

African women have made the right “to participate in political leadership and to influence the political…

01 Jun 2020

Will China Replace the United States in the Middle East?

It is not clear how or to what extent the COVID-19 will affect the international order.…

01 Jun 2020

Africa gets debt arrangement to cope with its first recession…

The covid 19 pandemics has caused a recession in Africa which makes the repayment of external…

01 Jun 2020

DR.Congo. A new tension area at the Zambian border.

The DRC which has faced frequently problems at its borders with several of its neighbours has…

01 May 2020

African Military spending up 17% over the last decade.

Over the last ten years, African military spending grew by 17%, rising to $41.2 billion in…

01 May 2020

Malawi. Between Health and Political Crisis.

One year after the General Election, the country still remains in a political crisis. The combination…

01 May 2020

Ethiopia. Postponed national elections over coronavirus fears.

The national elections that were scheduled for August have been postponed sine die because of the…

01 May 2020

SIPRI. World arms exports continued to increase over the last…

International arms exports increased by 5% between 2015 and 2019 compared to the previous five years,…

01 Apr 2020

Africa. Coronavirus is spreading fast: 43 countries affected.

Africa which is already hit by several epidemics is now facing the challenge of the health…

01 Apr 2020

Burundi. Heading towards troubled elections.

The presidential and parliament elections scheduled for the next 20 May are unlikely to put an…

01 Apr 2020

Turkey & Russia Chessboard Power Play.

They share too many interests to engage in direct conflict over Syria. But there are many…

01 Apr 2020

Arms Trafficking. The Sahel Connection.

The arms trade criss-crosses the Sahel region. To the north highly organised networks of traffickers operate.…

01 Mar 2020

Gambling in Africa.

It is illegal in just seven countries. In the continent it is an industry with large…

01 Mar 2020

Angola. The fall of the Dos Santos Empire.

After targeting the President’s son, the Angolan justice, it has frozen the assets of his daughter,…

01 Mar 2020

South Sudan migrants in Australia. Integration, thorns and rap.

Being a small community, they try not to lose their own cultural identity. Motivated by a…

01 Mar 2020

Burkina Faso. The weak link in the fight against terrorism…

The country has become the main concern of the commanders in charge of the fight against…

01 Feb 2020

Zimbabwe. Street children in Harare.

Hundreds of street children roam the centre of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, living in subhuman…

01 Feb 2020

Middle East on Fire.

What are the implications of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. U.S. Forces in Iraq at risk.…

01 Feb 2020

Niger. At the Crossroads.

General elections are scheduled at the end of 2020. The economy faces huge changes and the…

01 Feb 2020

Africa 2020. Between Elections and Conflicts.

Existing and looming conflicts, “third-termism” and rigged elections are the main challenges. The Jihadist threat, the leaders’…

01 Jan 2020

Middle East 2020. The real 'Arab Spring’?

Syria and Iraq. The central role of the Russia in the region. The possible new nuclear…

01 Jan 2020

Asia 2020. A continent where uncertainty reigns.

Eight countries, in all, are due to go to the polls to elect presidents or just…

01 Jan 2020

Africa’s Hotspots in 2020.

This year there will be several security hotspots around the continent. We focus on six African…

01 Jan 2020

Somalia. An atmosphere of Tension and Instability.

Mogadishu and the Federal States are on a collision course regarding different issues, especially the management…

01 Dec 2019

Africa. The Sea is theirs.

Fishing rights sold off by governments to foreign companies. Illegal fishing and how it damages the…

01 Dec 2019

Africa. Environmental Degradation and Climate Change Migrants.

Environmental degradation will make the planet face up to challenges unknown until now. As a consequence…

01 Dec 2019

The Mafias.The Sea routes for drugs.

The drug-mafias have become experts in organization and logistical planning for the management of the dispatch…

01 Dec 2019

Western Sahara. The wall that nobody talks about.

The 2,720 kilometre wall, which  separates the areas occupied by Morocco and those liberated by the…

01 Nov 2019

Burkina Faso. Yacouba Sawadogo. And the desert blooms.

He has transformed sterile land into a forest by digging trenches in the hardened earth that…

01 Nov 2019

Chad. The golden triangle of Tibesti.

In the Chadian region bordering with Libya, an area rich in gold, we find a crossroads of…

01 Nov 2019

South Africa. Causes and consequences of the xenophobic attacks.

Xenophobic attacks against immigrants are causing a lot of damage to South Africa’s image across the…

01 Nov 2019

Kashmir. An Uncertain Future.

Tension between Pakistan and India in the disputed region of Kashmir. Against the background of the…

01 Oct 2019

Middle East. Will Oil and Gas Save Lebanon?

A large oil and gas deposits off the Lebanese coast. Tensions with Israel. A massive immigration…

01 Oct 2019

Africa. The Jihadist Threat.

Jihadist groups are expanding in Africa beyond the Sahel, from the Horn to Central and Southern…

01 Oct 2019

Ethiopia. The moment of truth for reformist Abyi.

Abyi Ahmed Ali’s election in April 2018 raised considerable hopes in Ethiopia which he engaged steadfastly…

01 Oct 2019

Hong Kong. To lead the Way.

Young people are taking to the streets defending democracy. Violence and arrest by the police. Beijing…

01 Sep 2019

Radioactive waste in the Pacific Ocean.

The concrete dome on an island in the Pacific Ocean houses tons of radioactive waste. Now…

01 Sep 2019

Togo. Anti-regime music.

The MAET is the movement of singers and musicians who support the change in Togo. These…

01 Sep 2019

PMC: A tool for Russia and China in Africa.

Private Military Companies (PMC) have become an important  player in geopolitics.  These companies provide military contractors…

01 Sep 2019

DR Congo. Insecurity and bad governance contribute to the spread…

Ongoing insecurity and bad governance contribute to the expansion of the second largest Ebola epidemics in…

01 Aug 2019

Africa. Start-ups rolling out.

The continent is changing thanks to the increasingly frequent use of new technological tools. A journey…

01 Aug 2019

Costa Rica. A Paradise of Renewables.

The first country to produce 90% of its energy from green sources. The development of the…

01 Aug 2019

Nigeria. Troubles in Kano.

In the northern state of Kano in Nigeria a political war is ongoing. On one side,…

01 Aug 2019

Ethiopia. Metema, the loss of all hope.

Each day it is criss-crossed by invisible travellers who arrive after placing themselves in the hands…

01 Jul 2019

Gambia. A bridge for development.

The long-awaited bridge spanning the Gambia River will open in July. The facility, which is set…

01 Jul 2019

Africa. Millions still have no papers.

According to the World Bank, 41% of the inhabitants of the continent do not exist in…

01 Jul 2019

Somaliland. An unrecognized but increasingly supported state.

The unrecognized state of Somaliland is receiving increasingly foreign support partly owed to its stability, its…

01 Jul 2019

Africa: The Motorbike Boom.

Set to become the main mode of transport in Africa, motorcycle taxis invade roads and streets…

01 Jun 2019

Iran. Poker Game

Trump’s anti-Iranian Efforts Are Backfiring, But the Threat of Another Middle East War Looms Large There are…

01 Jun 2019

Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire…

01 Jun 2019

Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one…

01 Jun 2019

Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist…

01 May 2019

Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave…

01 May 2019

Jihadism in the Indian sub-continent.

The Easter Sunday bombings in and around Sri Lanka's capital left hundreds dead and injured. In…

01 May 2019

A New Season of Stifled Democratic Aspirations Begins in North…

Another so-called Arab – or at least North African – Spring? Given the significant risks and…

01 May 2019

Rwanda. Twenty-five years after Apocalypses. A transformed country.

Twenty-five years after the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, the country is peaceful and the…

01 Apr 2019

Burundi spirals into dictatorship and isolation.

Four years after the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to run for a third…

01 Apr 2019

Boeing 737-MAX Incident Won’t Thwart Ethiopian Airlines’ Ambitions.

The Addis Ababa - Nairobi route, it’s often a necessary ‘rite of passage’ for those heading…

01 Apr 2019

Africa/China. Chinese Investments in African High Technology.

Chinese high-tech companies are banking on Africa, especially on the 'Silicon Savannah' of Nairobi, to develop…

01 Apr 2019

Madagascar. The DJ Sets The Tone.

The new President’s first decisions tilt towards authoritarianism, which is matter of concern owing to the…

01 Mar 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa: Development By Rail.

With Chinese technical and financial backing, a number of countries – from Tanzania to Angola, from…

01 Mar 2019

Tunisia. The Challenges of the Jasmin Revolution.

The  presidential election of 2019 will be a crucial test for the Arab world’s democratic laboratory. While…

01 Mar 2019

The Chilean Eldorado.

Lithium is a fundamental mineral in modern economy and Chile is particularly rich in it. This…

01 Mar 2019

Nicaragua. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, Under Threat.

Illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture and livestock activities are destroying the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. The Bosawas…

01 Feb 2019

The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese…

01 Feb 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo. Kabila’s Electoral Coup.

The 30 December presidential and parliamentary elections have ended up in a farce. Monitoring group and…

01 Feb 2019

Congo-Brazzaville.The Resumption Of The Railway Traffic Raise New Hopes.

After two years of interruption, the railway traffic has resumed recently between the capital, Brazzaville and…

01 Feb 2019

Asia 2019. Troubled Waters.

Important political events will mark the Asian panorama in 2019 while the evolution of strategic and…

01 Jan 2019

Africa 2019. A Challenging Year For The Continent.

The year 2019 looks extremely challenging in many countries of the continent where crucial elections are…

01 Jan 2019

Middle East 2019. Another Uncertain Year Ahead.

The Return of Palestine and A Deepening of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide. One of the clearest lenses through…

01 Jan 2019

Hotspots in Africa in 2019.

From a security point of view, in 2019 in Africa there will be several hotspots. We…

01 Jan 2019

Dr Denis Mukwege. A Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic…

01 Dec 2018

A 'No Deal' Brexit could disrupt the UK trade of…

A 'no deal' Brexit could mean a temporary interruption of the diamond trade on the London…

01 Dec 2018

Illegal Fishing In African Waters.

Illegal fishing or unauthorized fishing is a scourge affecting the countries of Africa, in particular those…

01 Dec 2018

Africa. Contractors’ Eldorado.

The security of the continent has now become a 'private affair' of the Americans, the French,…

01 Dec 2018

Angola. ‘Terminator’ Lourenço Pushes For More Reforms.

More than one year after he was sworn in, the new Angolan head of state, João…

01 Nov 2018

USA/Mexico. Migrant Children. Uncertain Future.

Thousands of migrant children in transit for Mexico disappear. Meanwhile, in the United States they are…

01 Nov 2018

Kenya’s LAPSSET Oil Corridor : Not Yet Born But Already…

The largest infrastructure project in East Africa is likely to become obsolete long before it is…

01 Nov 2018

The Khashoggi Murder Has Shaken the Very Foundations of the…

The now confirmed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a Saudi ‘investigation team’…

01 Nov 2018

DR Congo. Kabila likely to remain in control after the…

Either the elections are rigged or they cannot take place for logistical and financial reasons. In…

01 Oct 2018

Ethiopia. The Water Hyacinth Threatens Lake Tana.

The invasive plant is spreading rapidly, threatening the ecosystem, the economy, tourism and the survival of…

01 Oct 2018

Latin America. New drug routes.

Ecuador and the Dominican Republic have become the new drug routes in collaboration with the Mexican…

01 Oct 2018

Tunisia. A Damocles’ sword hanging on its budding democracy.

Political Battles Are Creating a Distraction from Main Problems Weakening its Young Democracy Tunisian President Beji Caid…

01 Oct 2018

Uganda. A School Under Canvas.

Refugee teachers create a school for young people in South Sudan. The life of refugees is hard.…

01 Sep 2018

South Africa: Is This Land Your Land?

The issue of the redistribution of the land is splitting South African society and could deeply…

01 Sep 2018

Uganda. Between Deforestation And Land Grabbing.

The increase of the population, the great demand of coal and the search for fertile land,…

01 Sep 2018

Washington is Driving Iran into a Corner, but Not without…

Tensions are mounting in the Middle East. It’s not just about Syria; there are risks of…

01 Sep 2018

USA. Weapons And Social Malaise.

U.S. citizens possess at least 265 million of firearms with an average of 88 weapons to…

01 Aug 2018

Ethiopia. Unbelievable changes.

Since his appointment in April, the new Prime Minister, Abyi Ahmed has provoked a strong wind…

01 Aug 2018

Zambia. Fighting Deforestation.

Forests are rapidly vanishing in Zambia. The country's rate of depletion of this natural resource is…

01 Aug 2018

Israel, Palestine And The Impossible Deal.

What is the so-called ‘Middle East Peace Plan’ ? What this means, in practical terms ?…

01 Aug 2018

Has the Countdown to the End of the Syrian War…

The cards suggest that the final showdown in Syria is approaching. Daraa, the city where the…

01 Jul 2018

The Horn of Africa. An Increasingly Strategic Region.

The proximity of Yemen and its strategic geographic position have brought about the multiplication, in the…

01 Jul 2018

USA/Mexico. Arms Trafficking.

It is not so much immigration as clandestine arms trafficking that renders the Mexico/USA border highly…

01 Jul 2018

DR Congo. Oil Exploration In The National Parks.

The Congolese government is considering to declassify areas in two national parks to allow oil exploration…

01 Jul 2018

Illegal Logging. Organised Crime Destroying Latin American Forests.

Illegal logging drives other forms of environmental crimes such as deforestation, labour exploitation, land invasions, tax…

01 Jun 2018

Kinshasa Vetoes Water Transfer Project To Replenish Lake Chad.

According to UNESCO, Lake Chad has shrunk by 90 percent since 1963, with enormous environmental, economic…

01 Jun 2018

Mali. Helping The Street Children Of Bamako.

One evening, Mamadou Touré had just left the disco and was walking back home when a…

01 Jun 2018

SIPRI. World Military Expenditure Up.

Total world military expenditure rose to $1,739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1% in…

01 Jun 2018

Burundi. The May referendum: a “death warrant” for the Peace…

According to the opposition, the referendum would be a “death warrant” for the 2000 Arusha Peace…

01 May 2018

FIFA World Cup/Africa. The Road to Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia will be the greatest sporting show…

01 May 2018

DR Congo. Most popular politician risks to be excluded from…

Congo’s most popular politician, the former governor of Katanga, Moise Katumbi, might be excluded from the…

01 May 2018

Niger another Afghanistan.

Under the Guise of Security and Resources Niger Has Attracted Ever More Foreign Intervention. And Not…

01 May 2018

Kenya. At A Turning Point?

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the chief opposition leader, met in Nairobi, on 9th…

01 Apr 2018

The Seychelles. A Debt Paid, An Ecosystem Protected ...

A string of private financiers has met a considerable part of the public debt of the…

01 Apr 2018

Africa. Chinese Appetite For Minerals Is Boosting Railway Projects.

China’s and other emerging countries’ appetite for raw materials is causing a railway mania in Africa and…

01 Apr 2018

Middle East Under Pressure.

The Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, and its Political Context, Has Ended the Middle East…

01 Apr 2018

Brazil. Being Abandoned.

Fights between rival gangs for territorial control. People's fear. An absent State. Daily life in Rocinha,…

01 Mar 2018

Ethiopia. A Divided Country.

Ethiopia is passing through a period of turmoil due to ethnic tensions. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn…

01 Mar 2018

Morocco. Between Islamic Radicalization And Narco-Jihadism.

After the phenomenon of Moroccan foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State, now the…

01 Mar 2018

Africa. Beyond Conflict diamonds.

The conflict diamonds issue is dying down, but new challenges are emerging. Will Africa be able…

01 Mar 2018

Mauritania. The Forgotten Slaves.

At recent EU-AU summit of Abidjan, much attention was focussed on the tragedy of migrants sold as…

01 Feb 2018

Latin American Elections 2018. A Number Of Unknowns.

The largest Latin American countries go to the polls to elect their presidents. Almost 80% of…

01 Feb 2018

Latin America, A Treasure Called Lithium.

Argentina, Bolivia and Chile boast the world’s largest reserves of lithium. The three countries, however, have…

01 Feb 2018

Syria. Behind ‘Operation Olive Branch’.

Are Turkey and the United States on a collision course on operation Olive Branch? What consequences…

01 Feb 2018

Middle East 2018 Perspectives.

The year 2018 could See Current Middle East Tensions Reach Their Inevitable Bloody Conclusion. The Middle…

01 Jan 2018

Africa. Political Forecast 2018.

General Elections in Egypt, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Possible political instability…

01 Jan 2018

Africa’s Hotspots in 2018.

In 2018 several African states will have to face a series of challenges at the security…

01 Jan 2018

Asia 2018. In The Shadow Of Kim.

If on the one hand Asia looks forward to 2018 with confidence, on the other there…

01 Jan 2018

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Advocacy

The Dominican Sisters create their own climate solutions fund.

In recent years, many faith-based organizations have made bold statements about climate justice being a key component of their faith and stewardship of Earth and…

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Baobab

How the Phoenix got her fine plumage.

A very long time ago before men had learnt how to hunt and set traps, all the birds lived together peacefully in a great forest. Theirs…

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Youth & Mission

"Brothers and Sisters All". We share dignity, rights and respect.

The latest letter of Pope Francis, his Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti “Brothers and Sisters All,” is one that should touch every heart, stimulate our minds, awaken our…

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