• Reflection: Witnesses of the Resurrection
    The Resurrection of the Lord marked a radical new beginning in the history of humankind. That special event, which is related to the first day of creation (Gen 1: 1-5), is the foundation of our faith […]
  • Ethiopia: The Monastery of Debre Damo
    It is the largest and the most important. The monastery concentrates certain original characteristics that do not occur in others. In the first place, its antiquity. Founded by Aregawi, one of the […]
  • Oral Literature: Spider’s Web
    The animals were lonely. They stood in the forest talking to one another, wondering how they could each get a wife to keep them company and to cook their food for them. When Hare joined the group, he […]
  • Herbs & Plants: Entada abyssinica: A resourceful herbal medicine
    It is used as medicine, source of fibre, and wood. But also in the treatment of numerous diseases and disorders. It is a low-branching deciduous shrub with a flat, spreading crown and usually grows […]
  • Brazil: Prisons without walls
    In Brazil, where prisons are places of violence and the rate of re-offending is as high as 80%, there are also penitentiaries where the detainees succeed in changing. The secret? Trust, because […]
  • South Sudan: A great heart with great faith
    A poor woman takes a foreign mother into her house and looks after her sick daughter. She goes to the church and asks the missionary to pray that the child gets well. In the eyes of many, Nyamuone is […]
  • Journey in to Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia
    If it is true that the Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was shaped by monasticism, more so it can be said of the Ethiopian Christianity. Ethiopia converted to Christianity around the year 330 […]
  • Oral Literature: The Victorious Tortoise
    The tortoise is a very clever fellow. He has to use his wits to get along in the world because he has neither the strength of the lion nor the speed of the hare. However his cleverness doesn’t […]
  • South Sudan: “We are on the way”
    Father Jean Paolo Pezzi, director of Justice and Peace office of the Comboni Missionaries based in the United States has just visited the country. I sent this report. The Sudan Airlines’ 737 […]
  • Destruction and death left by tropical cyclone Idai in southern Africa
    After more than three weeks since cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi still live in extreme emergency conditions. According to Caristas in Mozambique, the official […]
  • Pope Francis: “Make your youth worthwhile”
    Published April 2, Christus vivit (Christ lives) is Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith, and vocational discernment, which took place Oct. 3-28, 2018. […]
  • Oral Literature: The Rice Flower
    A long time ago, a woman named Mak Kantan and her daughter, Melur, were known to make the most delicious kuih (dessert foods) in the village. One day, while preparing kuih, they heard a crying sound. […]
  • Franciscan friar from Kenya wins Global Teacher Prize
    Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, has just won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Brother Peter, a science teacher from Kenya, has been praised for his achievements in a deprived […]
  • Herbs & Plants: Acacia Sieberiana: To Relieve Back Pain
    It is an important plant for medical use. But it is also used to make furniture and ink. Acacia, commonly known as paperbark thorn or paperbark acacia, is a small to medium-sized tree […]
  • Ghana: The Great Mosque of Accra
    Financed by Istanbul, it also contains other structures: a congress hall, administration offices and a library. The presence of Turkey in Africa is nothing new: educational and social projects and […]
  • Europe in the election year
    The European Union finds itself in a contradictory situation in advance of the European Parliament elections in May. The levels of support for the EU are higher than they have been for 25 years. 62 […]
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: development by rail
    With Chinese technical and financial backing, a number of countries – from Tanzania to Angola, from Kenya to Ethiopia, from Nigeria to Ghana – are modernising their railroads and building new lines […]
  • Oral Literature: Tug of War
    Hare was angry with both the elephant and the hippopotamus, for they lived on the same island as he did and ordered him about in the most officious way. The trouble with living on a small island was […]
  • Cobalt: Transparency is Obligatory
    It is fundamental to reducing dependence on oil. The extraction of cobalt is riddled with abuses and danger, especially in the DR Congo. Cobalt has many uses, most importantly in the production of […]
  • Plants and People: Cabbage, a powerful healing plant
    Cabbage is a leafy green, red or white biennial vegetable grown annually. This cruciferous vegetable belongs to plant family brassicaceae and is round or oval in shape. It consists of soft, light […]
  • Oral Literature: Crocodile Island
    Once upon a time in Makassar, there lived a very old crocodile, so old that it could not manage anymore to catch fish in the river. One day it was hoping to catch a stray pig on the riverbank. The […]
  • Vocation Story: Just a Brother of All
    A very hectic and exciting life, in a wide range of areas. Committed to various forms of human endeavour. Fond of interacting communication among young people. Engaged in development projects and […]
  • The Life of the Catholic Church in Number
    The Pontifical Yearbook 2019 and the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2017, compiled by the Central Office of Church Statistics, has been just published by the Vatican Press.  From the data […]
  • Renewable Energy: Africa Goes Green
    Burdened by growing energy dependence, an increasing number of countries have chosen to concentrate policies and investments in renewable sources. The increase in population which, according to […]
  • Plant & People: Sunflower: An incredible plant
    The sunflower, scientifically known as Helianthus annuus (Family Asteraceae) belongs to a genus of plant which comprises about 70 species. Interestingly, the plant is named sunflower due to its […]
  • Philippines: A Lawyer to the Poor
    “Avoid corruption and help the poor who need legal services,” is a life principle of Nelson B. Borja, 71, a senior trial lawyer specialising in criminal cases, who distinguished himself for […]
  • Zambia: Love Learning
    The Comboni School is breathing new life in the community. At the end of a worn-down dirt road near the border with Malawi lies Chama, a small town in Zambia. Like much of Africa, Zambia’s […]
  • South Sudan: Catholic Bishops Urge for True Peace
    South Sudan’s peace deal is fatally flawed, the country’s bishops said as they committed the church to helping forge new negotiations. They also recommended a series of measures to end […]
  • Thailand: Caffè Bruno: A really nice cup of coffee
    Love for the people and the youth of ethnic minorities has borne fruit in the form of Caffè Bruno, a new brand of coffee now well-known and available throughout Thailand. Chae Hom is a plateau […]
  • Oral Literature: The Leopard and the Boy
    Long ago and far away there was a wealthy man who had several wives. All of a sudden, this man learned that his town was to be invaded by men from another tribe. Fearing for his life and the lives of […]
  • Sri Lanka: Comboni Missionary sisters in a tea plantation
    Sri Lanka is an island country located in the Indian Ocean off the south eastern coast of India. Since March 2012, the Comboni Missionaries are present in this country with a community in […]
  • South Sudan: Acute Food Insecurity
    Nearly 7 million people in South Sudan could face acute food insecurity at the height of this lean season (May-July), three United Nations agencies has warned recently, urging for scaled-up […]
  • The Message for Lent: Pope Francis: “the desert of creation” to make it “once more a garden.”
    “The path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery”. Pope […]
  • Our Planet: What We Can Do
    Human society, of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that keep all species of plant, animal and […]
  • Oral Literature: Why the Cheetah’s Cheeks are Stained
    Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too hot to be bothered with the arduous task of stalking prey through the bushes. Below him in the clearing on […]
  • European Bishops’ call to vote: “Building the EU is the duty of all citizens”
    The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community released a document that addresses the upcoming European elections of May 23-26. Church support to the “Common European Home”, […]
  • Save the Children Report: War on Children
    A new report commissioned by Save the Children  – an international children’s charity –  has revealed that 420 million children, or nearly one in five worldwide, lived in “areas […]
  • Central Africa Republic: Bishop Aguirre: “The negotiation was imposed by the international community to safe face”
    “When the agreement reached in Khartoum was signed, it was already a dead letter the next day in Bangui”, said His Exc. Mgr. Juan José Aguirre Muños, Bishop of Bangassou, in commenting on […]
  • Vocation Story: An only son, but never lonely
    When a college student, Jemboy told his parents he wanted to be a missionary priest, they felt that such a vocation would deprive them of their only treasure. He waited. He even tried to put the call […]
  • Oral Literature: Nigeria: Thunder and Lightning
    A long time ago, both thunder and lightning lived on this earth, among all the people. Thunder was an old mother sheep and Lightning was her son, a handsome ram, but neither animal was very popular. […]
  • South Sudan: Blessings in Disguise
    Mission hardships are transformed with the right vision. Father Gregor Schmidt knows the rigors of mission as well as anyone. In Fangak County, South Sudan, it’s not unusual for him to wade […]
  • The ‘Year of the God Who Speaks’
    The year 2020 is dedicated to the rediscovery of the Holy Scriptures, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the “Verbum Domini”, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Benedict, and 1600 years since […]
  • South Korea: A Miracle of Solidarity
    A series of miracles happened in the last two years; now we are in front of the new Anna’s House, an unequivocal monument to the love and generosity of the people. It will welcome the poor and […]
  • Zambezi River: Threats and Opportunities for the “Great River”
    The Zambezi River is one of Africa’s main energy assets and could become as well one of the continent’s main water highway, but many threats ranging from climate change to  the risk of collapse […]
  • Africa: From Charcoal to Sugar Cane
    Over 80% of Kenyans use charcoal for cooking. They use enormous quantities of this polluting fuel whose production and distribution gives work to over half a million people in an industry worth 427 […]
  • Reflection: Mission is Life, Our Life
    Two Comboni Lay Missionaries share with us their experience in Peru. “There is nothing that cannot be given, shared with all those who walk side by side with us.” The scenery reflects the grandiosity […]
  • Kenya: The Challenge of Reinsertion in Society
    Kamiti penitentiary in the outskirts of Nairobi hosts more than 4,200 detainees. The Consolata Missionary Sisters are committed to a programme of training for the young prisoners. Standing in front […]
  • Brazil: After Mine Dam Collapse, We Cry With Mother Earth
    On January 25, 2019, a massive mining dam collapsed in north central Brazil, devastating the nearby community of Brumandinho. Dozens are confirmed dead and hundreds are missing—and the numbers […]
  • The Limpopo River: Collateral Victim of the Mining Industry
    The Limpopo River Basin is a fragile environment threatened by the combined pressure, of climate change, urban waste disposal and mining activities. The sluggish waters of the Limpopo, called […]
  • Herbs & Plants: Cassava, one of the major staple foods
    Manihot esculenta, commonly called cassava (Family Euphorbiaceae) is one of the most important and widely cultivated tropical food crops. It is a semi-woody perennial shrub growing to an average of […]