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Latin America

Peru. The Courage To Change.

The Church must accompany the indigenous peoples defending their culture. The importance of a change in the structure of the Church to respond to the real needs of the natives. We talk about it with Father Miguel Ángel, an Augustinian who has been living in Iquitos for 24 years and over the last twenty has…

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The New ‘Doctrine Of National Security’.

The cancellation of the effective reforms imposed during the decade in which the social-democrat government was in power, gave rise to serious public protests culminating in an armed revolt in 1960 that was led by a conspicuous group of military people who remained faithful to Arbenz. It was joined by workers, union groups, and students…

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Guatemala. A country, Under Threat.

The country has always been at the centre of tensions and troubles, provoking a sequence of dictatorships, foreign interventions, military coups and civil wars. Part of this situation is due to Guatemala’s geographical position in the area of Central America which, together with Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, acts as a hinge between the Southern…

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An Ancient Country.

It was the Maya who, long ago, inhabited those territories that were later colonised by Spain. The Iberian penetration was accomplished around the years 1523-24, through the work of Pedro de Alvarado who was the founder of the old capital, Antigua, of Guatemala. With the passage of time, the Spanish possession became a Captaincy General…

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Justice For The Indigenous People.

In December 2006, thanks to the support of the international community, a new truce was agreed that brought about an agreement signed by the United Nations and the Guatemalan government The  purpose was to establish an independent Commission whose remit it was to assist the office of the Guatemalan Procurator, the national police and other…

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The Chilean Eldorado.

Lithium is a fundamental mineral in modern economy and Chile is particularly rich in it. This buried treasure attracts foreign capital. Chilean government’s lithium policy. According to the 2017 data, lithium has become Chile’s number 4 mining export. Shipments of the key ingredient for making batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) and high tech devices,…

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Bolivia Textiles. Symbolism of the Andean Wisdom.

The original handcrafted clothes made with sheep, llama, alpaca, vicuña and other animals’ wool are not just garments made of valuable fabrics showing great combinations of meaningful colours, but they also symbolize the prestige of the original Andean dignity and identity. The weaving process begins with the extraction of wool from sheep, alpacas, llamas, vicuñas…

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Peru. How To Shape A Church With An Amazonian Face.

In view of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region scheduled to meet in Rome next October, we are preparing a series of articles. We start with an interview with  Ribelino Ricopa, a member of the indigenous Kukama people, who has been the animator of the parish of Santa Rita da Cascia, in the…

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Mexico. Poblano Chili here we come.

When most people think of Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind may be chili peppers and fiery hot dishes that threaten their taste buds. Although chilis are essential in Mexican cuisine throughout the country, they are not necessarily added for spiciness. More often than not they are used to enhance flavour. Many…

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Nicaragua. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, Under Threat.

Illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture and livestock activities are destroying the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in north-eastern Nicaragua, the largest forest reserve in Central America, covers an area of 2,420,000 hectares and constitutes a key element in the Mesoamerican biological corridor connecting protected areas of Belize, Costa Rica, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,…

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The Trinidad Carnival. Under the fantasy banner.

A moment of exuberant celebrations, which are traditionally associated with thrilling music that leads to dance. An event during which the traditions and customs of the many local ethnic groups meet to celebrate the past and look at the future with hope. Trinidad and Tobago are the two islands that form the small Antillean archipelago;…

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Brazil. Bringing hope to the inferno of Cracolandia.

Living with the street people. Evangelising the “inferno” of drugs. Experiencing “Mission Bethlehem”. It is just a small plywood house with a few bits of furniture, a chair or two and a wooden bed that is always covered with things. In a corner there is a small kitchen with a few cooking pots. There are…

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Advocacy

The Today Moment Of Don Sturzo.

"I have nothing, I own nothing, I do not want anything, I have fought all my life for a complete but responsible political liberty. To…

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Baobab

Somalia. The Well.

A long time ago, there were four families who lived in a small village in Somalia. The first family would argue all of the time, the…

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Youth & Mission

Strengthening Youth In The Amazon Region.

The rural youth of the Amazon region would like to remain in their communities but they are aware that they must migrate to the cities. Their aspirations,…

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