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In a country with roots in ancient Christianity, the Catholic Church is enjoying a resurgence today, aided by the enduring support and friendship of the Polish Capuchin Order.

Non-violence, forgiveness, respecting differences, social justice are all things St Augustine preached and practised. How the spirit of this passionate, eloquent, volatile and charismatic man is still very much alive in Carthage.

Although it may have caused some minor dismay in governmental quarters and in the board rooms of extractive industries, Julian Filochowski explains why there is not a scintilla of doubt that the Amazon visit was a stunning success, especially for the Amerindian peoples and for the local Church.

The annual March of Three Kings in Poland is the greatest street nativity play in the world. This year it was attended by 1.2 million people in almost 650 towns and cities. Care to join in?

Nella Alseba describes how her husband was returning home when he was accosted and knifed by people who he personally knew, simply for being from another tribe. The assailant’s knife pierced his diaphragm, punctured his left lung and broke one of his ribs. He is lucky to be alive.

Live from the Vatican on Pope Francis' visit to Chile and Peru – Christopher Lamb on how Pope will face the latest in the sex abuse scandal, speak out in defence of indigenous peoples and of his fears of nuclear war.

While some have criticised the government for not providing enough safety for the Christians, Michael disagrees. He says: “The government is doing all it can. We have armed guards standing outside the churches and these people have been killed trying to protect us.”

This Jesuit priest had never come face to face with a member of the FARC until he visited one of the transition zones where fighters are demobilised under Colombia’s revised peace agreement. Find out what happened next.

A high-level Washington conference on the plight of Christian minorities in the Middle East and Holy Lands revealed much about the similarities – and differences – of approach between these peoples and those who wish to support them.

Naming a country after the river which forms its western border might seem a little eccentric, but it is also highly appropriate in the case of Jordan. The country has always been defined by what lies beyond its frontiers – and especially to its west. That may be its tragedy but it is also its allure.


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