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African Fashion. Between Creativity and Elegance.

Increasingly established designers, ever more inspired collections, ever more lavish fashion shows. The fashion world in Africa is experiencing a golden season. And soon the way we dress will change. Africa is becoming increasingly fashionable. Events and festivals, either showcasing African creativity or drawing inspiration from this continent are multiplying all over the world from…

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Egypt. The Economic Power of the Military.

Cities built from nothing in the desert, vast infrastructure created, gold mines opened, arms and steel production, the commercialisation of consumer goods from such various materials as foodstuffs, domestic appliances and medicine.  The huge empire controlled by the military. The military control the means of transport and exact payment for the use of the motorways,…

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Mozambique. Cabo Delgado. Under Siege.

The Jihadist movement continues its action attacking villages, destroying and burning houses, schools and places of worship. Cabo Delgado, a region rich in minerals and oil, is at the centre of their terrorist activities. In recent months, the Jihadists have intensified their attacks. The number of deaths and of people fleeing to the forests increases…

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Sudan. The democratic transition in peril.

The economic crisis amplified by the coronavirus pandemics, ongoing unrest in the provinces and divisions in the ranks of the government are threatening the transition to democracy. More than a year after the Khartoum spring of April 2019, that led the military to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir, crucial achievements have been made but progress is…

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Sudan. Mission among the Nuer.

Comboni Missionaries have been living with the Nuer people for almost twenty five years. They have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Saint Joseph the Worker’s Parish in Leer, which is under the Diocese of Malakal. This parish comprises four counties: Leer, Mayiendit, Panyijiar and Koch all within Unity State. Their pastoral priorities: formation…

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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 300 children are born in this structure every month. We visited the Centre. Six Comboni missionaries of five different nationalities work there full time. The nuns are supported by a large team of 132 people, including seven doctors, 22 midwives, 23…

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Herbs & Plants. Aspalathus linearis. The medicinal Tea Plant.

It is used to treat different allergies and help various antioxidant-associated health benefits. Globally, a number of plants are used as tea with lots of nutritional and health benefits. One of such plants is Aspalathus linearis (Brum f) Dahlg which belongs to the plant family Fabaceae. It is an erect to spreading, highly variable, shrub…

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Catholic Church in Morocco. A ‘bridge’.

A church that wants to be a ‘bridge’ between the Christian and Islamic worlds. Deeply involved in the field of immigration. Cardinal Cristobal Lopez, Archbishop of Rabat speaks to us. He had only been a bishop for a year and a half when, on 5 October last, he was made a cardinal. “It is clear…

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The Ecological Awakening of the African Church.

The Ecclesial Network for the Congo River Basin (REBAC, from its acronym in French) aims to be a response to the pastoral and socio-environmental challenges faced by the populations of this region in the heart of Africa. This ecclesial structure, following the indications of the encyclical ‘Laudato si‘, bets on a pedagogy of ecological conversion.…

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South Africa. Sangomas, the traditional healers.

Sangomas, the South African traditional healers, mainly work in the rural areas of the country. Since 2007, they have been legally recognised in South Africa as ‘traditional health practitioners’. They have a large clientele and claim to be able to treat AIDS and cure bronchitis or asthma by using plants and bones of animals. The…

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The Catholic Church in Algeria. Weavers of Brotherhood.

“This is no longer the time for clashes between believers. Following the example of our martyrs, we are apostles of dialogue and peace in an Islamic land”.  A conversation with the Archbishop of Algiers, Mons. Paul Desfarges. The Basilica of Our Lady of Africa looks out over the blue Mediterranean from the top of a…

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Africa. The struggle of African Women.

African women have made the right “to participate in political leadership and to influence the political process”. Their economic rights. From the street to the digital platform. Over the last two decades, African women have made wide gains in the rights sphere as more countries became politically stable.  From political, socio-cultural and economic rights, there…

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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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