Buddhist monks in front of the reflection pool at Angkor Wat, the main temple; though, this and other temples follow the style and the building rules of Hindu cosmology.

The Jungle’s Reconquest

A lost treasure,a forgotten temple in the middle of nowhere, hidden rooms and corridors buried for centuries, are the very material of what dreams are made. Since Stevenson’s treasure island until the recent Spielberg’s indiana Jones saga, no-one remains indifferent...
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History’s Quakes

History’s quakes Lisbon can be seen as a metaphor of our times: the tremendous earthquake that destroyed it was so tragic that it shocked and inspired bitter thinkers in the cultivated Europe of the time—but after a mere two and half centuries, a really brief period...
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Giants, Gold and the Ark

Inheritor of one of antiquity’s biggest empires, Ethiopia has a history full of treasures, legends and mysteries. Let’s talk only about three: the return of a prodigal giant, the gold mines of the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant In 2005, Ethiopia celebrated...
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A Shelter For Abused Women

Rachel (a fictitious name) is a 15-year-old white South African from a poor background around Pretoria who was trafficked to Pakistan. She has two siblings. Her parents are jobless and find it difficult to provide for their children. Rachel’s cousin, who has a...

Caring For The Planet

An enlightening handbook Father Seán McDonagh, the Columban missionary who is certainly one of the most informed environmental experts of our time, has just published, On care for our common home: Laudato Si’, a commented edition of the groundbreaking encyclical of...

LIFE & WORK OF ST. DANIEL COMBONI

SPECIAL REPORT

The Costs of Inequality

When there’s inequity in learning, it’s usually baked into life, Harvard University analysts conclude. one awarded expert called high-quality education “the new civil...
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Right To Knowledge

The church is built just on top of Kaibichbich Hill, in West Pokot, in western Kenya. this area used to be thickly forested. the Pokot decided to climb the mountains...
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A Small Part of a Wider Crisis

Education is profoundly political, and behind politics there is always economics. in South Africa, and throughout the world, herein lies the paradox. Good education...
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The Great Social Barrier

the plane in which Fr José and Fr Esteban were travelling descended gently on the runway at Damascus airport, in Syria. The two Comboni Missionaries were going to study...
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The Beatitudes

We have seen the first and last Beatitudes. Yet, also the other ones have an important message for Christians of all times. Here is a short review: • The second...
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The Old/New Mission

The “liquid mission” is the same mission of old: do not make your plans, trust Jesus and follow Him. Walk with the excluded, the poor, and you shall discover, step by...
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Right To Knowledge

The church is built just on top of Kaibichbich Hill, in West Pokot, in western Kenya. this area used to be thickly forested. the Pokot decided to climb the mountains and reclaim the land in the 1960s, when the colonial power limited their movements in their ancestral...

A Small Part of a Wider Crisis

Education is profoundly political, and behind politics there is always economics. in South Africa, and throughout the world, herein lies the paradox. Good education creates skills, makes people employable, creating at very least a less unequal society. At its best, it...

The Great Social Barrier

the plane in which Fr José and Fr Esteban were travelling descended gently on the runway at Damascus airport, in Syria. The two Comboni Missionaries were going to study Arabic before moving to Sudan. A taxi driver took them to the address they had written on a piece...

The Beatitudes

We have seen the first and last Beatitudes. Yet, also the other ones have an important message for Christians of all times. Here is a short review: • The second beatitude talks of the ‘afflicted’. The Greek word penthountes means more precisely those who have an inner...

The Old/New Mission

The “liquid mission” is the same mission of old: do not make your plans, trust Jesus and follow Him. Walk with the excluded, the poor, and you shall discover, step by step, where He wants you to go. He is ahead, He waits for us in ‘Galilee’ The old missionaries that I...

Jesus’ Mission

Many wonder about what was Jesus’ mission, at the same time perfectly human and divine. A possible answer lies in the central part of the gospels, the Sermon on the Mount, where the Son of Man announces that He is the Son of God, who came to announce the Kingdom here...

INSIGHTS

Politics As An Honourable Art

Important people, companies and governments love having missions. Sometimes they feel the need to write a ‘mission statement’ so that everyone else will know about their mission. Perhaps, like me, you feel that most mission statements are simply an attempt to appear...

The former Public Protector investigated allegations of improper influence by the Gupta family over Zuma and his family. Her report is titled, “State of Capture”.

Diagnosing Corruption

What is it about public life in South Africa, and about those who occupy elite positions in particular, that leads to such endemic corruption? South Africans are all too aware of the depth and reach of corruption in our society. the whole of President Zuma’s term of...
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Politics As An Honourable Art

Important people, companies and governments love having missions. Sometimes they feel the need to write a ‘mission statement’ so that everyone else will know about their mission. Perhaps, like me, you feel that most mission statements are simply an attempt to appear...
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An Archbishop Goes Too Far

According to a recent news item, the Archbishop of Lipa, in the Philippines, has decided to tell Catholics in his diocese who to vote for in this month’s elections. This will not be done “from the pulpit”, but discreetly, by distributing sample ballot papers with the...
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Activist and academic Mamphela Ramphele is seen at the launch of a new party political platform at the Women's Goal in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Monday, 18 February 2013. "We launch this initiative under the name Agang, or in the Nguni languages of our country,
Akhani, which can be interpreted in English as 'Build South Africa'," she said in a speech. The Limpopo-born Ramphele, who began her career as a qualified doctor and whose academic career has focused on studies of social conditions, said: "The country of our dreams has unfortunately faded for many of my fellow South Africans." Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

A Healthy Sign

Last August, I wrote in this column about the need for a more pro-active opposition, and how it is not enough for the non-governing parties just to sit back and wait for the ANC to weaken, or perhaps split decisively. Instead, the various opposition parties should try...
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WORLD REPORT – FOOD SCARCITY

Obscene Behaviour

In the USA alone, half of the production of fruit and vegetables is dumped, just because they are not “perfect enough”. This is obscene, if we think that, in a climate change scenario, humanity...
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Religious Groups’ Educational Gap

A new world study reveals that there are great educational differences, above all at regional level, between the followers of the main religions. the schooling gap exists mostly in sub-Saharan...
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MISSION IS FUN

THE TWO MISSIONARIES’ BARGAIN

the plane in which Fr José and Fr Esteban were travelling descended gently on the runway at Damascus airport, in Syria. The two Comboni Missionaries were going to study Arabic before moving to Sudan. A taxi driver took them to the address they had written on a piece...

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A Saint Bernard With No Sermons!

Cincinnati, USA, 1953. one morning, the phone starts ringing at the Comboni House. it goes on for some time. no one picks it up. the spiritual father, who had recently arrived in the country and was not really acquainted with the english language, hesitates to answer...
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FOCUS

A Shelter For Abused Women

Rachel (a fictitious name) is a 15-year-old white South African from a poor background around Pretoria who was trafficked to Pakistan. She has two siblings. Her parents are jobless and find it difficult to provide for their children. Rachel’s cousin, who has a Pakistani live-in partner, convinced...
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