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  • Peru: It is impossible to remain silent.
    On both sides of the border between Ecuador and Peru, there are oil and gas operations. The consequences are disastrous for the environment and for the indigenous peoples who live there. Two […]
  • India: Celebrating Hues Of Divinity
    During the Hemis Festival, the Monastery comes alive with dances and colourful celebrations. The religious mask dance remains the centre of attraction. This year Hemis festival is going to be […]
  • Colombia: “We Are The Guardians Of Our Land”
    In the centre of the Colombian Amazonia, we find the Vicariate of Puerto Leguízamo-Solano, created in 2013. A Christian community that wants to take care of the environment and its people. We […]
  • Herbs & People: Aspilia Africana – The Unique Anti-Haemorrhage Plant
    The plant is commonly found distributed in the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely gathered from the wild and used locally in traditional medicine. Aspilia Africana C.D. Adams (Family Asteraceae) […]
  • African Myths: A Door To The Mysteries Of Creation
    In Africa, there are thousands of myths to explain what reason cannot explain. In a lot of them, God made man from clay, as in the Bible. In some, life and death are brought to men by animals. […]
  • Africa: Puppet Theatre
    The roots of puppet shows in Africa are as old as the myths and legends. Today, they are used very much in education but also as a way to condemn political power and corruption. According to a […]
  • South Sudan: Reconciliation Paths
    In a country ravaged by war, forgiveness is the contribution Christians can offer to a society divided along ethnic lines and rivalries. A missionary in South Sudan shares a couple of stories on […]
  • Mexico: “I Could Be Killed Anytime”
    Commitment to work side by side with migrants. A Church up and running. The testimony of Fr. Tomás Gonzalez. “I have received many threats. I know I could be killed but I am not afraid. I have […]
  • Africa: Amulets For Luck And Protection
    Amulets are an important part of an African's life, from birth to death. They are obligatorily worn in some stages of life and are considered sacred objects in African culture. Rebel groups have […]
  • Missionary Botanist: Camellia Tea
    Pharmacist, botanist and missionary, the Moravian Jesuit Brother Josef Kamel (1661-1706) left the Hapsburg Empire to go to the Philippines where he continued his work and research. He was so […]
  • Kenya: Pökot Marriage
    The Pökot people live in West Pökot County and Baringo County in Kenya and in the Pökot District of the eastern Karamoja region in Uganda. They are estimated to be around 700,000. Like many other […]
  • FIFA World Cup & AfricaL The Road to Russia
    The 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is to be held in Russia, will be the greatest sporting show on earth this year. Between the 14th June and 15th July, 32 teams will make billions of people dream, […]
  • Vocation Story: Why Not Me?
    Fascinated by a priest and his style of life, I decided to be like him. Then, I met the Comboni Missionaries. Immediately I understood that that would be my life. Father Anane Joseph Nhyirana […]
  • Middle East & North Africa: New Displacements
    According to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), almost 4.5 million people fled within their own countries to escape conflict and violence in the Middle East and […]
  • Oral Literature: Why The Sea Is Salty
    Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village ran out of salt. But they could not set out to sea because the […]
  • Philippines: Feeding Street People
    For the last five years, a retired engineer and his wife have been feeding poor people on the streets almost every week on Kamias Road in Quezon City. Nobody knows about it - neighbours, family […]
  • Archbishop Barreto: Amazon – It Is A Priority For The Church
    Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday 20th May for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer, the Pope announced he would create 14 new Cardinals at […]
  • DR. Congo: A Time Bomb!
    "We appeal to the Congolese people to pay particular attention to the implementation of important milestones in the electoral calendar, including the convening of the electorate on the 23rd June […]
  • Uganda: Lugbara – The Name-Giving Ceremony
    When a child is born among the Lugbara people in the north-western part of Uganda, a special ceremony called Cikiri is performed. The name-giving always has a special meaning for the family and […]
  • Israel Looks To Supply More Arms To Africa
    The Israeli ministry of defence has prepared a new plan to increase the export of military hardware to Africa starting this year. "Some countries in Africa have indicated that they are willing to […]
  • Towards A Europe of hope
    The crisis in Europe is a favourite subject in media commentaries, and it is true there is no shortage of difficulties. These are manifested in a widespread defiance that features in public […]
  • Reflection: Social Justice – Africa Taken For A Ride
    Despite the disastrous experiences of neoliberal polices, especially in Latin American and African countries, the international institutions are still imposing these policies on the developing […]
  • Uganda: Walking With The People
    The diocese of Moroto, in the north of Uganda, has around 400,000 inhabitants of whom just over half are Catholics living in ten parishes and served by thirty-six priests. Since 2014, the diocese […]
  • Plants & People: Physalis Peruviana – Golden Berry
    Golden berry, scientifically known as Physalis Peruviana (Family Solanaceae) originated from South America and they are closely related to tomatoes and egg plants than other berries. It is a […]
  • African Military Spending Was Down
    According to a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), African military spending was down by 0.5% to an estimated $42.6 billion in 2017, or 2.5% of global military […]
  • South Sudan: More Than 200 Child Soldiers Released
    Two hundred and seven child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, part of a series of planned discharges that should see nearly 1,000 children return home over the coming […]
  • Philippines: Church Leaders Condemn Killing Of Young Priest
    Catholic Church leaders have spoken out to condemn the recent brutal killing of a young priest, Father Mark Anthony Ventura, 37, from Gattaran town in the province of Cagayan. Father Mark was […]
  • Africa And ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’: In Search For Holiness
    Pope Francis has written a new Apostolic Exhortation on “the call to holiness in Today’s World”. The Latin title “Gaudete et Exsultate” which translated into English means “Rejoice and Be Glad.” […]
  • Africa and Digital Revolution
    Internet penetration is creeping up in Africa, bringing the prospect of digital dividends to a continent long marked by digital divides. “Africa has reached a penetration which has broken the […]
  • Our Lady In China
    0ne of the characteristics of Chinese Catholics is their deep and affectionate devotion to the Virgin Mary, expressed in the Marian shrines spread throughout the country. Some of them are […]
  • Nicaragua: Catholic Bishops – “The Government Has Just One Month To Satisfy Society’s Demands”
    Demonstrations around the country took place in response to the Ortega administration's announcement of social security reforms. Protests have claimed 42 lives and left more than 400 injured. The […]
  • Nigeria: Two Priests Killed In Cold Blood
    Together with the priests, 19 people were also killed. The Catholic bishops ask the president to consider stepping aside to save the nation from complete collapse. The massacre happened at dawn […]
  • South African Activists Win Prize After Ending Nuclear Deal
    Two grassroots activists Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the African winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. A long the years they have built a broad coalition to stop the South […]
  • Ethiopia: Walking In The Future
    From the humblest of beginnings, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu has built soleRebels into the planet's fastest growing African footwear brand. She has created world class jobs, empowered her community […]
  • Philippines: President Duarte Expels An Australian Missionary Sister
    The Philippines government has ordered an Australian Catholic sister to leave the country within 30 days after the immigration bureau revoked her missionary visa for joining protest rallies, an […]
  • Another Mexican Priest Killed
    In the last six years, 23 priests have been killed. The Catholic bishops said “how did we lose respect for life and for the faith?” On the evening of the 20th April, Fr. Juan Miguel Contreras […]
  • Africa: The Church Will Never Stop Her Missionary Work
    The pastoral activity of the Church is increasingly undermined in Africa by a lack of security. From Cote D’Ivoire to Nigeria, to Congo Kinshasa, priests are assassinated by armed gangs. On the […]
  • Mali: Helping The Street Children Of Bamako
    One evening, Mamadou Touré had just left the disco and was walking back home when a child came up to him and told him that he was very hungry. Mamadu could not remain indifferent, and since then, […]
  • EU And Migrants: To Facilitate Integration
    About 69% of Europeans believe that integration measures are “a necessary investment in the long-run” and a similar proportion view integration “as a two-way process for both migrants and host […]
  • UK: Statue Of Our Lady of Walsingham – A Pilgrimage In All The Catholic Cathedrals
    “A hopeful moment and an important opportunity for evangelisation”- this is how cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Primate of England and Wales, defined the decision to re-dedicate the […]
  • DR Congo: Young People Are Aware Of Taking Their Destiny In Their Hands”
    Despite, the socio-political, economic and humanitarian situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the young Congolese have not lost hope and continue in the struggle for democracy and […]
  • Interculturality: A New Paradigm Of Mission
    “Intercultural praxis as a missionary challenge. Mission and interculturality” was the theme of the 12th Limone Symposium of the Comboni Family that included Comboni religious, lay Comboni […]
  • Uganda: Volunteers Share Experiences
    Two German volunteers, Francesca and Greta, came to Uganda to share and also learn from the people and culture in Uganda. Their adventure took them to the Alenga Parish in Northern Uganda, where […]
  • People & Flower: Honey – A Natural Energy Source
    Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees from nectar which is obtained from flowers. It contains a treasure of hidden nutritional and medicinal values and has been used for […]
  • Philippines: The Healing Priest
    Fr. Efren Borromeo has this gift of “seeing”. He can see through a person’s body, and knows what is wrong. Many people come to him requesting for help and prayers. The usual Metro Manila Monday […]
  • India: Prophetic Peacemakers
    In recent history, a few committed citizens contributed a great deal to the cause of peace. They are inspiring examples to the world. The memories of their prophetic personalities should remain […]
  • The Planet Is Our Home
    It surrounds us, it is in every place we go, on the street, on the beach or the woods. We see it when we climb a mountain or go for a swim. It is there, evidence of our wilful neglect or […]
  • South East Asian Countries: To Celebrate The Traditional New Year
    Whilst the rest of the world may partake in a common New Year on 1st January, different cultures and religions have their own calendars and hence, different New Years. We look at four South East […]
  • Guatemala: Community-led Forest Management
    Indigenous communities comply with strict rules to ensure the regeneration of the forest and protect water sources. On 20th June 2017, heavy rains caused a mudslide that came down the Wachuná […]
  • The Seychelles: A Debt Paid, An Ecosystem Protected
    A string of private financiers have met a considerable part of the public debt of the Seychelles in exchange for the creation of two large protected areas. This is the first time this financing […]