Comboni Missionaries' Team

The Lesson and the Spirit of Christmas

“We have to recreate in our hearts and homes this spiritual experience by thinking of the great challenges that befell Jesus from His birth.” – Father Shay Cullen Christmas has become a secular, unspiritual holiday. These days, the word Christmas is not used on festive banners. Greetings have changed to “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”, …

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Christmas in Sri Lanka: A Harvest Festival

In Sri Lanka, December has always been a popular month – because it’s harvest time. After the first conversions to Catholicism in the 16th century, the month was renamed “Nattal rnase”, which literally means “Christmas month”. Today, celebrations remain a mixture of harvest festival and Christian traditions. Sri Lanka today is a predominantly Sinhala-Buddhist state. …

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Christmas in Mexico: A Multicolour Feast

The Mexican Christmas celebration is a combination of Christian spirit and indigenous traits – a fiesta featuring colours, dancing, songs, and joy. Even though the official liturgical preparation for Christmas begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and December 25 remains the centre of the liturgical and secular celebrations in Mexico, the celebrations begin long …

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Christmas in Guatemala: A Colourful Celebration

Because of their global presence, the Comboni Missionaries have an insight into how Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world, with a variety of symbols deeply embedded in every different cultural tradition. We look at how people from Guatemala celebrate Christmas. Christmas in the Central American country of Guatemala begins on 8 December, …

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Kenya: “We produce what we don’t eat, and we eat what we don’t produce”

A special and unique pan-African conference on land grabbing and just governance was held recently in Nairobi, Kenya. Land grabbing – the buying or leasing of large pieces of land in developing countries by domestic and transnational companies, governments, and individuals – is a serious food security problem across Africa, requiring more urgent attention from …

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