Comboni Missionaries Ireland

Oral Literature: Why Warthog has Small Tusks

Amongst the Baila people, a story has been passed on through the oral tradition to explain why Warthog has small tusks. There was a time, long, long ago, when Elephant’s nephew, Warthog, had handsome long, curved tusks and Warthog’s uncle, Elephant, had shorter tusks that curved upwards. Both Elephant and Warthog lived harmoniously together in …

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Vocation Story: Sister Angelina Nyakuru, “to serve God and the poor”

She grew up in Uganda. Her father died when she was just eight years old. “Life was difficult, but my mother always encouraged us,” she says. “I prepared for my First Communion with the nuns and priests at the mission station of the Comboni Missionaries from Italy. There I met Sister Paola, who was a …

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Herbs & Plants: Canarium schweinfurtii, a medicinal plant

Known as African olive or bush candle, this tropical tree is highly beneficial to human beings. Medicinal plants have been utilized for different medicinal purposes for thousands of years. These medicinal plants are processed in different forms such as teas, decoctions, infusions, powders, tinctures, poultices, and other herbal formulations before admission for a given health …

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Philippines: five centuries of Christianity, looking forward to the future

In 2021 the Church in the Philippines marks half a millennium of Christianity. “We are all ‘gifted to give.’ This is a challenge to both celebrate the Christian faith and be vigorously motivated to go and share this precious gift with others.” The latest statistics show that the Philippine population has reached nearly 110 million. …

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