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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.

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08/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

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 of the Kariba dam, must be addressed.

27/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

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.

26/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

Learn how to become time-wasters

As February begins, we have all had time to fail at our New Year’s resolutions: more workouts at the gym, making the bed every morning, waking up earlier. Maybe your goal for 2019 was to manage your time more efficiently. Pope Francis, on the other hand, wants us to learn how to do the opposite: to become time-wasters.

10/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

Oral literature: How the stars were born

One day, two friends named Ebopp and Mbaw went off in search of a good site to establish a farm with fine fields of grain and peanuts. They looked here and they looked there until they finally found the right place.

09/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

At COP24, countries agree concrete way forward to bring the Paris climate deal to life

After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

18/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: How the first river was made

A long long time ago, when God made this earth, He chose the mighty elephant to be king of the world. The elephant and his subjects roamed through the dark … Continua a leggere

17/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: Why the Monkey Still Has a Tail

Once upon a time the monkey and the rabbit made a contract. The monkey was to kill all the butterflies and the rabbit was to kill all the snakes.

10/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature. The tortoise and the drum

One day, the tortoise was walking along a forest path when he came across a palm tree that had plenty of palm kernel fruits. The tortoise was hungry and the fruits looked juicy and ripe to eat, if only he could reach one of them.

22/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

Africa polluted by used cars from Europe

The crisis of diesel car sales in Europe and the depreciation of those in circulation are accentuating the phenomenon of “environmental dumping” affecting Africa and is destined to worsen air pollution  levels in the cities of the continent which already causes the deaths of a quarter of a million people.

20/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

Uganda: A Traditional Karamojong Wedding

The Karamojong are an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in the north-east of Uganda. We look at their traditional wedding.

27/10/2018 · 1 Commento

Republic Of Central Africa: A Church With Open Arms

Some dioceses have had their priests killed and churches destroyed but nevertheless they take in the homeless and the needy. The Episcopal Conference promotes interreligious dialogue and seeks to get internal and international political institutions moving. The testimony of Mons. Juan José Aguirre, Bishop of Bangassou.

20/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Ethiopia: The Sidama People – Magano, The First Ancestor 

The Sidama people are a deeply religious ethnic group that lives in southern Ethiopia. They say that ‘Magano (God), created their ancestors and took them away’.

15/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: Spider & the Lion

0ne day Spider went to the river to fish. It must have been Spider’s lucky day, for the fish swarmed around him until at last he had a large pile lying on the muddy bank beside him.
“Now for a fire to cook my supper”, exclaimed Spider in delight, and quickly collecting a few sticks, he made a fire and began roasting his fish.

12/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: How the Monkeys saved the Fish

The floods came so fast that many drowned except the lucky monkeys who used their proverbial agility to climb up into the treetops. They looked down on the surface of the water where the fish were swimming and gracefully jumping out of the water as if they were the only ones enjoying the devastating flood.

08/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: The Crocodile & the Cockerel

Once upon a time, the crocodile was king of the animals. He was holding court one day. He sat majestically on his throne as he received petitions from his subjects and issued orders. A large crowd had gathered at the court on that day.

22/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Kenya: Maasai – The Course Of Life

Exact rites mark the passage to an age group or becoming a member of a particular group. In this way, identity and world vision are preserved.

19/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Jean Vanier’s ’10 rules for life to become more human’

Jean Vanier turned ninety this week. To commemorate the occasion he released a YouTube video laying out his “ten rules for life to become more human” by sharing his thoughts on life and on growing older. He speaks about success, vulnerability, listening, fear and love.

17/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: The Leopard & The Rabbit

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look for a better place. After a short time he found a suitable place nearer the other animals.

15/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: The Magic Crocodile

There was once a very big cave. It was divided into two parts being dry and the bottom part filled with water. In the bottom part there lived a crocodile.

08/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Impact Of Small Arms Proliferation On Africa

The consequences of small arms on African people due to international conflicts within Africa, rebel group activities, mercenary groups, and armed gang activities have yet to be fully measured. Armed conflict cost Africa $18 billion each year.

03/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Swahili Myth – Heaven And Earth

When God’s moment had come, he began creating the world of matter. He rolled out the day-sky and the night-sky like an immense tent, or like carpets full of mysterious signs and symbols.

01/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Swahili Myth – How Man Was Moulded

One day, God called together his angels. They all appeared before His Throne, performing the ritual prayer of morning-time. Then the Lord spoke: It has pleased Me to decide that I will create a being – with brains like you, but his substance will be clay. I will mould him out of earth, and on earth he will live.

24/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: The Lion And Jabu

There was a young herd boy named Jabu. He took great pride in the way in which he cared for his father’s cattle. And his father had many cows. It was quite a task to keep these cows out of trouble, away from the farmer’s mealies (corn) and out of the dangerous roads.

14/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Science versus Scientism

The problem with scientism, or one of its many problems, is that it tends to be prejudiced and therefore not very scientific…
Why the cave man is superior to “progressive” pride and prejudice.

07/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Ghanaians are now living in ‘captivity’ – Catholic Bishop cries

The Catholic Bishop of Wiawso Diocese, Bishop Joseph Francis Kweku Essien has described the current situation Ghana as a country and its citizens are facing as a state of “captivity in our own land”.

28/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: Wanjiru – Sacrificed By Her Family

The sun beat down mercilessly and there was no sign of any rain. This happened one year, and it happened again a second year, and even a third year, so … Continua a leggere

21/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: Where Stories Come From, A Traditional Zulu Story – South Africa

Once, a very long time ago, so long ago that it must have been close to the time when the First Man and the First Woman walked upon the earth, there lived a woman named Manzandaba and her husband Zenzele.

14/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Africa: Traditional Healers

In Central and East Africa, the term most commonly used for a traditional healer is ng’anga. No one can doubt the fundamental role that this occupation still has in the field of health and health services in African societies.

13/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Kenya: Turkana – Akuj, The Supreme Being

The Turkana are a monotheistic people. They believe in one God, known as Akuj, the creator of the universe. “All things belong to Akuj”, they say. They call upon him in times of great need, through prayers and chants and through animal sacrifices.

11/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 Augustinian missionaries living in Iquitos (Peru) talked about the challenges for the church and for the indigenous people.

02/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 people they are going through a profound transformation.

29/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

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. Myth always has something mysterious, hidden like the seed within a fruit, and somehow offers the explanation, the interpretation.

27/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 discuss the peace accord, the cocoa growers and the indigenous people with the Bishop of the Vicariate.

26/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Climate change and drought in Africa

When I was growing up in South Africa, we would sometimes be shown pictures of emaciated children in Ethiopia or Bangladesh… In those days, the problem was far away, and the worry was someone else’s. Nowadays we are much more aware of the reality of global climate change, and we know that nobody is unaffected.

13/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 2018 and the beginning of the reception and preparation of candidacies on the 24th June 2018, and to ensure respect for the peaceful nature of public events”.

04/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 opinions expressed about the European construction.

26/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

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 countries. Few lessons have been learned from the past.

22/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Comboni Priest witnesses Church attack – at least 19 killed

Father Moses Otii, Comboni missionary and parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in the country’s capital Bangui, told that about 120 parishioners were injured during the violence, which included grenade attacks, on Tuesday (1st May).

03/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

The worst news: A video inspiring thoughts and action

It blatantly states that the United States federal military budget goes towards lobbyists and corporations, not troops. Instead of pouring a trillion dollars into nuclear weapons let’s pour that trillions of dollars into our communities. 

03/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

The news of the month: War to plastic

It is the world’s first machine to clean up the planet’s largest mass of ocean plastic. The system, originally dreamed up by a teenager, will be shipped out this summer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California, and which contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic.

03/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Indigenous Peoples’ Cosmo-vision advocacies for nature

Indigenous peoples’ views of nature are incompatible with the extractive model, which is based on excess and limitless profit-seeking that drives to prey on natural resources and threatens the future of all human kind.

25/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Syrian prelate says airstrikes based on ‘lies’ and ‘Satan’s language’

If “we have to choose between being killed by those men from ISIS or have a strong man who we call a dictator leading us, there’s no choice.” The alternative to al-Assad, he deadpans, is death.

18/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection: Syria – The Little Boy In The Suitcase

Nobody knows where the man with the leather suitcase is headed to but we all know that he carries the most precious thing he still has: hope. That child is the hope and the deep yearning for peace in Syria.

08/04/2018 · 1 Commento

Arms Transfer Increase

In its latest report the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), said that, globally the volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2013–17 was 10% higher than in 2008–12, a continuation of the upward trend that began in the early 2000s.

24/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Latin America: “Taking On The Missionary Discipleship Of The Gospel Implies Guarding Creation”

A new pastoral letter from the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), entitled “Missionary Disciples, custodians of the common home”.

17/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

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