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Colombia

Colombia. Across the Magdalena River region.

The country has been the battleground of an undeclared civil war for more than 50 years. The conflict has involved also several guerrilla groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Colombian government and FARC rebels are currently holding peace talks in Havana. The Church promotes reconciliation and peace and the process of…

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Colombia. Gold fever

Gold fever has infected the Chocó region, one of the poorest in Colombia. A great opportunity for criminal gangs and paramilitary groups that make a good profit out of this, while the population is struggling to survive. The bishop of Istmina–Tado tries to help these people threatened by poverty and criminality. Monsignor Julio Hernando Garcia…

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Colombia: Drug cartel ‘miniaturization’

Colombia was home to legendary drug traffickers in the 90s, and despite the demise of several drug cartels in the 2000s, the area cultivated with coca in the country has not decreased, and considerable incomes have been earned from Colombian cocaine traffic over the past 20 years. This index, according to some analysts, reveals the…

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Colombia – Living in the city

Bogotá is home to 87 indigenous communities who fight to maintain their ancestral customs based on Good Living. About 20,000 indigenous people live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital with 7.4 million inhabitants. Muisca, Kichwa, Ambika Pijao, and Inga people are organized in five cabildos — semiautonomous administrative units recognized by the city government. There are…

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Colombia – The milk man

He lives in Tumaco, a fairly large town in south-west Colombia. The local reality is that of armed groups, cocaine trafficking, hundreds of violent killings every year. To earn money, he sells soya milk, which he prepares, and lives in a palafitte which he rents like everyone else in the neighbourhood. He is Father Franco…

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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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