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Brazil: Prisons – a time bomb that could explode at any time

Brazil has the fourth-largest prison population in the world. Hugely overcrowded. Under-guarded and underfunded prisons. Above all in the hands of different gang leaders. “Talking about prisons means talking about a factory of torture, which produces violence and creates monsters. It is a stressful environment and barbarism is constant”, said Father Valdir João Silveira, national

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Pope Francis: “Peace is a Gift, a Challenge and a Commitment”

Speaking in the Apostolic Palace to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See during the traditional exchange of New Year’s greetings with the diplomats, Pope Francis said, “One can never kill in God’s name”. He added that the world is “dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death,

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Ecuador: An Afro Community Celebrates Christmas

Guimbí is a small village in a forest in the north of Esmeraldas province, Ecuador. The villagers are the descendants of African slaves, who worked in the mines and settled there in the late 1700’s. They have preserved several ancient African traditions, especially religious ones. They make their living working in the fields, fishing, hunting, and

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