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Oral literature: The Hare and the Hyena

One day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said Hare. “You look as though you would not say No to a good meal either,’ replied Hyena.

09/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

The unprecedented scale of anti-Christian persecution in Asia

Nationalism, authoritarianism and militant Islamism: across Asia, the faithful are facing a perfect storm

24/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Julius Nyerere

Nyerere will be remembered for his outstanding personality and charismatic leadership. He lived a very simple life. Among his most important achievements we would mention first of all his concern for the rural population of Tanzania in trying to lift them out of poverty, ignorance and disease…

21/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

Martyr of Amazonia: Sr. Dorothy Stang

On 12 February 2005, the whole of Brazil was stunned by the news that Sr Dorothy Stang had been assassinated. That morning, the gunmen contracted to kill her found her alone on a track in the middle of the Amazonian forest.

17/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Gratitude as a Daily Practice

One may define gratitude as “the quality of being thankful.” Alternatively, we can think of it as an attitude, emotion, personal trait, or behavioral practice. However it is conceived, the … Continua a leggere

16/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Imperfection of Perfectionism

Standards can stimulate personal growth and push a person to reach a peak level of performance, ideally bringing enjoyment and developing confidence. Problems arise, though, when the standards a person sets for herself or for others are unrealistically high and inflexible. Standards become problematic when they lapse into perfectionism.

09/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: South Africa – Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

A leading figure in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was a product of Christian mission schools.

03/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Habit versus Addiction

It is not uncommon to wonder if a behavior we are engaging in or witnessing is a habit or an addiction. This question can become particularly complicated when the behavior does not involve substance use. In a society where technology usage is increasing across all ages, questions and concerns about internet addiction have grown quickly.

02/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African grasslands are meant to burn – we can’t let this distract from the Amazon fire

In contrast to Africa’s fires, the fires in the Amazon are burning in forest areas where the cost to biodiversity, indigenous people and carbon is likely to be extremely high.

31/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

Fires on the African continent and those of the Amazon

As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent. But there are some differences.

31/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Kenya – Wangari Maathai, Freedom Fighter

Through her Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai mobilised thousands of women to plant millions of trees in Kenya. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. A practising Catholic, she was a member of the Legion of Mary throughout her life. Cancer took her away prematurely in 2011

26/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

The unnamable violence: Why the West is silent about the wave of desecration

On July 26, paint was splashed on the faces and crotches of figures in the Valinhos Way of the Cross in Fatima, Portugal. It’s just the latest example of a wave of desecrations – arson, statue-smashing, obscene graffiti – across the West.

09/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

Some Rules for Peace-Making

If our efforts at peace-making are to be fruitful, both within the intimate circles of our primary communities as well as in the wider circles of social justice, we must truly remain non-violent.

04/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Oral literature: The man with seven dogs

Once upon a time, there lived a man called John who was a hunter as well as a magician. John had seven dogs and seven large black pots. The dogs were useful for hunting while the pots protected him from his enemies.

27/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

The future of the natural world

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of our planet, are doing so with a huge negative impact. We are endangering ourselves, our children and grandchildren and generations of children to come will be harmed by our wasteful and negligent ways.

24/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

Oral Literature: Why the Bat flies at night

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the tall grasses and the stunted trees, and finding good things to eat. When evening came, they would take turns to cook the meal and then eat it together.

06/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

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.

06/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

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.

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 · 1 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

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COMBONIANUM

Combonianum è stata una pubblicazione interna nata tra gli studenti comboniani nel 1935. Ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e di patrimonio carismatico.
Sono un comboniano affetto da Sla. Ho aperto e continuo a curare questo blog (tramite il puntatore oculare), animato dal desiderio di rimanere in contatto con la vita del mondo e della Chiesa, e di proseguire così il mio piccolo servizio alla missione.
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