Comboni Missionaries Ireland

Women Rangers: Defending Mother Nature

From Zimbabwe to South Africa and Kenya, Women Rangers are fiercely defending wildlife against poachers. In their camouflage uniforms and armed with assault rifles, they scour the Phundundu Wildlife area in Zimbabwe, the natural habitat of 11,000 elephants. These are the Akashinga women rangers, a name that means courageous in the Shona language.  As part …

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Brazil: Protection against Coronavirus in the Rainforest

The Coronavirus pandemic has hit Brazil’s indigenous people even harder than the rest of the population. To protect themselves, some people retreated deep into the rainforest. It’s seven o’clock in the morning when the Capuchin friar Paolo Braghini sits down in a small aluminium boat, starts the outboard and sails up the Igarapé de Belém, …

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Ecuador: Bishop Eugenio Arellano: “I tried to give concrete answers to the needs of people”

After leading for twenty-six years the Apostolic Vicariate of Esmeraldas, on the north-western coast of Ecuador, Monsignor Eugenio Arellano offered his resignation having reached the age limit. His commitment to environmental protection and education will remain in the hearts of people. We met him. Speaking of Esmeraldas, Bishop Arellano says: “There is a beautiful community …

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