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Colombia. The impact of Covid-19 on Afro spirituality.

The coronavirus pandemic is changing how people live and relate to others while deeply…

01 Jan 2021

South Sudan. The tenderness of God.

“As missionaries, we try to share as much as possible the life of our…

01 Jan 2021

Comboni Lay Missionaries. Getting involved.

It is more than 30 years since the Comboni Family has been enriched by…

01 Jan 2021

India. Experiencing Silence in India's Ashrams.

A Dominican friar shares his experience of spending his yearly vacation in an ashram…

01 Jan 2021

Fratelli Tutti – Africa’s call for an “a civilization of love”.

The new encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All) draws attention to social…

01 Dec 2020

India. More than just tea.

The serious crisis in the tea plantations.  Alternative forms of working. Commitment to education.…

01 Dec 2020

Egypt. Mons. Claudio Lurati: “Called to witness with our lives”.

A great opportunity to rediscover the reasons for a presence. A multicultural community. Dialogue…

01 Dec 2020

Djibouti. The Catholic Church, a tiny seed of hope.

Especially present socially with its work among street children, immigrants and, more recently, the…

01 Dec 2020

DR. Congo. Street children. A home for a better future.

A project that tries to return street children to their families. Stories that seem…

01 Nov 2020

Witnesses. Father Manuel. “I hitched my wagon to a star”.

"I am totally paralysed, but I feel a fullness of mind and heart that…

01 Nov 2020

Kenya. The Diocese of Ngong, The Church of the People.

Small Christina communities. Inculturation. Lay movements and a growing number of development projects. These…

01 Nov 2020

India. The search for ‘Black Gold’ in the ‘Rat-Hole’.

Thousands risk their lives in the ‘Rat-holes’ in India.  Most of them are poor…

01 Oct 2020

Sudan. Missionaries involved in education.

Since the start of the evangelisation of Sudan, education has been a priority for…

01 Oct 2020

Pope Francis. Listen to the call to mission.

This year World Mission Day will be celebrated on Sunday, 18 October. In his…

01 Oct 2020

Sudan. An incubator for young entrepreneurs.

The Comboni Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (CIEC) is an incubator for business that seeks…

01 Sep 2020

The economics of Pope Francis. The beauty of sharing.

Social themes, in general, and those economic, in particular, are at the centre of…

01 Sep 2020

Benin."The Man with the Golden Hands"

On the edge of the on the border between Niger and Burkina Faso, the…

01 Sep 2020

Father Charles Nyamiti. “An ancestor in African Theology.”

The Tanzanian-born priest, Fr. Charles Nyamiti, will be remember as eminent pioneer of African…

01 Aug 2020

Bangladesh. My life and Hope for the Sick.

She manages the Damien Hospital, the only specialized facility to treat leprosy, tuberculosis and…

01 Aug 2020

Chad. Cereal Banks.

In Chad, a missionary who has lived in the country for over 53 years…

01 Aug 2020

Brazil. Close to the people.

Brazil is the country struck hardest by Covid 19. Combonian Father Saverio Paolillo has…

01 Aug 2020

The Catholic Church in Kyrgyzstan. A seed sprouting up slowly.

A small community that lives its faith through testimony. One of the great challenges…

01 Jul 2020

Sudan. Mission among the Nuer.

Comboni Missionaries have been living with the Nuer people for almost twenty five years.…

01 Jul 2020

The Catholic Church in Kazakhstan. Testifying through friendship and dialogue.

Kazakhstan is the country of Central Asia with the largest number of Catholics. Small…

01 Jul 2020

Sudan. St Mary’s Hospital in Khartoum. At the service of Life.

St. Mary’s Hospital is located in the Arab market district of Khartoum. More than…

01 Jul 2020

Catholic Church in Morocco. A 'bridge'.

A church that wants to be a ‘bridge’ between the Christian and Islamic worlds.…

01 Jun 2020

The Ecological Awakening of the African Church.

The Ecclesial Network for the Congo River Basin (REBAC, from its acronym in French)…

01 Jun 2020

The Catholic Church in Algeria. Weavers of Brotherhood.

“This is no longer the time for clashes between believers. Following the example of…

01 Jun 2020

The Catholic Church in Libya. “Few but not invisible”.

It is difficult to be a Church in a place of violence and instability.…

01 Jun 2020

World Campaign. "Sowing Hope for the Planet".

The Union of Superiors General of Catholic Religious Sisters launched the “Sowing Hope for…

01 May 2020

Africa. Coronavirus and the Missionaries.

The Coronavirus pandemic is spreading across Africa. The virus has gradually attacked almost all…

01 May 2020

Bangladesh. The mission of dialogue.

After 45 years of missionary work in Bangladesh, Fr Bob McCahill still continues pedaling…

01 Apr 2020

Kenya. The Mukuru Promotion Centre: where 'Life Lives'.

The suburb of Mukuru is home to about 600,000 people. This area, which is…

01 Apr 2020

Father Jacques Mourad held hostage by jihadists.

He was rector of the Mar Elian shrine and parish priest of the Syrian…

01 Apr 2020

Chiara Lubich. A Spiritual Leader.

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Focolare Movement founder Chiara Lubich.…

01 Apr 2020

Uganda. Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a Blessed for Africa.

On 22 November 2020, the Italian Comboni priest Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli will be beatified…

01 Mar 2020

Philippines. On the side of the underdog.

A Benedictine theologian, activist, missionary and intellectual, Sr. Mary John Mananzan speaks of the…

01 Mar 2020

Chad / Mons. Miguel Sebastian, “Let us not be intimidated by…

A country where injustice and impunity reign. A government that threatens the Church. Youth…

01 Mar 2020

Philippines. Make a difference.

Boys collect plastic bottles on the streets while others take them from the polluted…

01 Feb 2020

The Church in Northeast India. Building Bridges.

From being a tiny minority, the Church in the Northeast region of India has…

01 Feb 2020

Ecumenism in Africa. Dialogue in the continent of diversity.

In ancient times, the word ecumene denoted the whole known world and defined that…

01 Jan 2020

Mexico. Being a priest in Acapulco.

Once the Pearl of the Pacific, it is now a hell inhabited by those…

01 Jan 2020

Uganda. Educating the heart.

A Catholic nurse dedicates her life to Meeting Point International, an association that takes…

01 Dec 2019

Missionary Reflection. Religious and social transformation.

Evangelisation is transformation at two levels: religious and social. The ultimate end of evangelisation…

01 Dec 2019

DR. Congo. What it means to be a doctor and a…

Comboni Brother Juan Carlos Salgado, a medical doctor, has the joy of serving the…

01 Dec 2019

Burkina Faso. Father Jacques. Biologist and Geneticist.

A Camillian and also professor at the University of Ouagadougou, Father Jacques Simporè assists…

01 Nov 2019

Eswatini. Arriving unannounced.

Originally from the Argentine, Mons. José Luis Gerardo Ponce de León has for five…

01 Nov 2019

DR. Congo. “I am a missionary doctor, in love with God”.

She lives and works in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has dedicated all…

01 Nov 2019

New Catacombs Pact.

More than a half century after a group of bishops at the Second Vatican…

01 Nov 2019

Pope Francis Visits Africa. To be with the People.

On his 31st international journey (4 – 10 September), Pope Francis visited Mozambique, Madagascar…

01 Oct 2019

Kenya. To prepare future leaders.

This year, the Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, at Tangaza College in Nairobi,…

01 Oct 2019

Amazonia. “Fear does not apply to us”

In a small town near the heart of the Brazilian Amazon region, two Sisters…

01 Oct 2019

World Mission Sunday. “Mission is part of our identity as Christians”.

This year World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on 20 October. Under the theme…

01 Oct 2019

South Sudan. Being able to share.

He could have left, and lived a better and more comfortable life. Instead he…

01 Sep 2019

Egypt. Being a Christian in an Islamic Country.

What kind of challenges exist for Christians in Islamic countries? How to be a…

01 Sep 2019

Ethiopia. Meskel. The Feast of the Holy Cross.

There is no feast in Ethiopia, religious or civil, so popular and with such…

01 Sep 2019

Burkina Faso. The Church under attack.

For some time, the Catholic and Protestant communities have been a target for Islamic…

01 Aug 2019

RD.Congo. Beatification of twenty martyr missionaries on track.

Fifty-seven years after their tragic deaths, the Roman Catholic Church of Congo has started…

01 Aug 2019

The Church of Africa. A Return To Its Origins.

The Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is celebrating its…

01 Aug 2019

Mexico. "Until dignity becomes the custom".

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez Human Rights Centre (Centro ProDH),founded by the Jesuits, is…

01 Jul 2019

Philippine. Modern Day Missionaries of the World.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) take and practice their faith fervently wherever they go, wherever…

01 Jul 2019

Madagascar. Poverty can be beaten.

Pope Francis is going to Madagascar in September. During his stay he will visit…

01 Jul 2019

Niger. A culture of tolerance.

The problem of immigration. Relations with Islam. Education as a means for spreading the…

01 Jun 2019

Afghanistan. A Tiny Seed.

A small community in an Islamic world. Witness and service to the poorest. “The contribution which…

01 Jun 2019

The Church in the Amazon. A new way of being present.

Bishop Emeritus of Xingu, Erwin Krautler, traces the history of the Church in the…

01 Jun 2019

Brazil. Horizons of hope.

A place where children find understanding and dignity. Comboni Missionary Father Saverio Paolillo explains.…

01 Jun 2019

Mons. Angelelli. “The Romero of Argentina”.

On last 27 April, in La Rioja, Bishop Angelelli, together with two priests and…

01 May 2019

South Sudan. Pope Francis: “No more war!”

On his knees before President Salva Kiir and the Vice-Presidents Designate who are to…

01 May 2019

Iraq. The courage to go back.

After the liberation of Mosul and the Plain of Nineveh, thousands of Christians are…

01 May 2019

South Sudan. A great heart with great faith.

A poor woman takes a foreign mother into her house and looks after her…

01 Apr 2019

Brazil. Prisons Without Walls.

In Brazil, where prisons are places of violence and the rate of re-offending is…

01 Apr 2019

DR Congo. Mons. Muyengo Mulombe : “ We are the defenders…

The role of the bishops in the recent socio-political events in the country. The…

01 Apr 2019

Peru. The Courage To Change.

The Church must accompany the indigenous peoples defending their culture. The importance of a…

01 Mar 2019

Chad. A Church Committed To Mission.

The challenge to poverty in an area rich in oil. Young people and the…

01 Mar 2019

Ethiopia. Solidarity in the shadow of Debre Libanos.

About 700 Ethiopian refugees survive thanks to the work of an Orthodox priest of…

01 Mar 2019

Thailand. Caffè Bruno: A really nice cup of coffee.

Love for the people and the youth of ethnic minorities has borne fruit in…

01 Mar 2019

The Jesuit Refugee Service. The African Microcosm In The Streets Of…

Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country with more than 800,000 of them…

01 Feb 2019

Brazil. Bringing hope to the inferno of Cracolandia.

Living with the street people. Evangelising the “inferno” of drugs. Experiencing “Mission Bethlehem”. It…

01 Feb 2019

Kenya. The Challenge Of Reinsertion In Society.

Kamiti penitentiary in the outskirts of Nairobi hosts more than 4,200 detainees. The Consolata…

01 Feb 2019

Ethiopia. Timket. The Feast of the two Testaments.

The feast of Timket or Baptism of the Lord is celebrated in Ethiopia on…

01 Jan 2019

Ethiopia. Hope For A Forgotten People

The Menjas live in the south-west of Ethiopia. They are marginalized and discriminated by…

01 Jan 2019

Uganda. To Give Dignity.

Hundreds children are begging in the streets of Kampala City.  A Comboni missionary, Father…

01 Jan 2019

DR Congo. Miracles Happen.

Despite having lost both legs in a bomb explosion, Sr. Present returns to her…

01 Jan 2019

Kenya. People With A Future In Their Hands.

Many years ago, a local district officer gave a small plot for a non-formal…

01 Dec 2018

Egypt. Ecumenical Dialogue Lost.

The comfort of political correctness to the detriment of ecumenical dialogue. In an Egyptian…

01 Dec 2018

Christmas in Ethiopia. A Day of Joy.

The Christmas cycle begins with a long period of fasting, corresponding to Advent in…

01 Dec 2018

The Catholic Church in China. Resisting against all odds.

The continual political repression by the government, the Sinologisation of religion. It was in…

01 Dec 2018

El Salvador. Oscar Romero, a Saint waiting for justice.

After thirty eight years of impunity, the process of identifying the assassins and those…

01 Nov 2018

Burkina Faso. Alphonsine Yanogo. Sister and Mechanic.

She is the first female mechanic in the country. She runs the Garage Saint…

01 Nov 2018

Johannesburg. Refugees In The City Of Gold.

Every year, thousands of migrants and refugees arrive in Johannesburg from several African countries.…

01 Nov 2018

Uganda/Sudanese Refugees. Just A Drop In The Ocean.

It consists in a microcredit project for women and grants for school fees for…

01 Oct 2018

South Sudan. Street Children in Juba. They Want To Live.

Seventeen abandoned children have been rescued from wandering around the streets and started 'the…

01 Oct 2018

World Mission Sunday. “Life Is A Mission”.

The theme of this year: “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel…

01 Oct 2018

Republic of Central Africa. A Church With Open Arms.

Some dioceses have had their priests killed and churches destroyed but nevertheless they take…

01 Oct 2018

Missionaries of Africa. A Great Gift.

This year, the Missionaries of Africa (also known as the White Fathers) celebrate 150…

01 Sep 2018

Nicaragua. The Church Under Threat.

Bishops and priests threatened with death. Churches profaned. Nevertheless, the Church has become a…

01 Sep 2018

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Churches archive – summaries

South Africa. The Catholic Church. In Search Of A New…

The Catholic Church celebrates the bicentenary of its presence in South Africa. From the colonial era…

01 Sep 2018, Churches September 2018

Philippines. Feeding Street People.

For the last five years, a retired engineer and his wife have been feeding poor people…

01 Aug 2018, Churches August 2018

Ivory Coast. Breaking Chains.

For 35 years now, Grégoire Ahongbonon has been helping African mental patients, providing them with treatment…

01 Aug 2018, Churches August 2018

Bolivia. CAM 5. Church On A Journey.

On the theme: “America on a Mission, the Gospel is joy”, the Fifth American Missionary Congress…

01 Aug 2018, Churches August 2018

Peru.To Share Life With People Who Are Incredibly Wise.

As we approach the Pan-Amazonian Synod, the importance the indigenous culture. Two Augustinians, who live in…

01 Jul 2018, Churches July 2018

India. In The Name Of Thomas.

Founded in Kerala fifty years ago, the Missionary Society of St Thomas is the first exclusively…

01 Jul 2018, Churches July 2018

Mozambique. Benfica, Urban Mission.

The parish of St. Francis Xavier in the outskirts of Maputo: a centre of Christian and…

01 Jul 2018, Churches July 2018

Uganda. ReachOut. The Best Practices.

Started in a Comboni Parish Our Lady of Africa in Mbuya in the outskirts of Kampala,…

01 Jun 2018, Churches June 2018

India. Another Side.

It is called Sarva Seva Sangh which means “a community at the service of all”. It…

01 Jun 2018, Churches June 2018

Mexico. “I could be killed anytime”.

Commitment to work side by side with immigrants right to the end. A Church up and…

01 Jun 2018, Churches June 2018

Catholic priests. They are the Target.

In the last three months, eight priests and dozens of Christians have also been killed.  At…

01 Jun 2018, Churches June 2018

Africa and ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’. In search for holiness.

Pope Francis has written a new Apostolic Exhortation on “the call to holiness in Today’s World”. …

01 May 2018, Churches May 2018

DR Congo. The Commitment of the Church to the…

A sound formation, pastoral competence, a political vision and single-mindedness are the distinctive traits of Mons.…

01 May 2018, Churches May 2018

Singapore. Towards a vibrant and missionary Church.

The journey of the Catholic Church. Commitment to authentic interreligious dialogue. Social works. Education. An interview…

01 May 2018, Churches May 2018

Nigeria. The Bishop is not a traditional Chief.

In the end, Mons. Peter Okpaleke resigned. He was rejected by local priests and a group…

01 May 2018, Churches May 2018

Nigeria. “I Kept My Trust In The Lord”.

Rebecca Bitrus, a former Boko Haram captive, shares with us her experience but above all the…

01 Apr 2018, Churches April 2018

Peru. It Is Impossible To Remain Silent.

On both sides of the border between Ecuador and Peru, there are oil and gas operations.…

01 Apr 2018, Churches April 2018

Brazil. The Value Of Life.

In Ceará, one of the poorest states of Brazil, and one of the most violent in…

01 Apr 2018, Churches April 2018

Brazil. Being A Church That Goes Forth.

A Church that is attentive to the situation of the people. Pastoral decisions that may help…

01 Mar 2018, Churches March 2018

Chad. At The Heart Of The People.

A tiny group of Christians in a predominantly Moslem environment, determined to forge ties of friendship…

01 Mar 2018, Churches March 2018

DR Congo. How Long Can Kabila Resist To The Catholic-Led…

Despite the bloody repression of the pro-democracy marches organised by roman catholic organizations and the profanation…

01 Mar 2018, Churches March 2018

Madagascar. Games: Ties Of Friendship.

Every year, young students from Madagascar participate in the sports and cultural competitions that take place…

01 Feb 2018, Churches February 2018

Peru. Mission At The Foot Of The Volcano.

A Comboni missionary describes how his life became more meaningful when he was assigned as parish…

01 Feb 2018, Churches February 2018

Syria. Sowing Seeds Of Hope.

The shooting has stopped in Aleppo. The city is totally destroyed.  The difficult process of reconstruction.…

01 Feb 2018, Churches February 2018

Brazil. Aparecida, 300 Years On The Side Of The People.

The celebrations of the three hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of the statue of Our Lady…

01 Jan 2018, Churches January 2018

The Jesuits in Africa. In Good Company.

The Jesuits in Africa are 1,600, and they work in 34 countries. They are mainly involved…

01 Jan 2018, Churches January 2018

Philippines. The Killing Fields.

As the bloody campaign against illegal drugs and crime continues under the present administration, the Catholic…

01 Jan 2018, Churches January 2018

Solidarity As The Road To Peace: The Indigenous African Model.

Indigenous Africa offers examples of alternative ways to reach peace. It is the way of truth,…

01 Jan 2018, Churches January 2018

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Advocacy

A Special Advocacy Action.

International organisms during this pandemic are under scrutiny and surely for many and good reasons. However, even in the weed fields some good wheat can…

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Baobab

Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey.

Once upon a time when the world had just been made and there was only one kind of banana, but very many kinds of monkeys, there…

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Youth & Mission

Young People Fighting For Democracy.

From Bangkok to Lagos, from Harare to Hong Kong, from Lima to Santiago, young people are fighting for Democracy and Human Rights. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic…

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