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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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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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