Ecuador – An Afro community celebrates Christmas

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Guimbí is a small village inside the forest, in the north of Esmeraldas province, Ecuador. About 400 black people live there. They are the descendants of African slaves who worked in the mines and settled there in the late 1700s. They have preserved several ancient African traditions, especially religious ones. They make their living working…

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Ecuador – Sumak Kawsay as a way of life

  The indigenous concept of “good living” can be adapted to Western culture. Understanding the indigenous world view involves questioning how we are traditionally taught to face life. For example, knowing how to distinguish between “living better,” the basis of Western development, and “good living,” or sumak kawsay in Kichwa.“Living better” is a Western model…

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Ecuador – New paths

  In 1955, the Comboni Missionaries arrived in Ecuador. Until then, they had worked mainly in Africa, and they were called in Latin America especially to work among the Afro-American. Father Raffaello Savoia and Bishop Enrico Bartolucci – who previously worked in Burundi – immediately started to live among black communities in Esmeralda. They realized…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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