Honduras is the second-largest country in Central America and one of its most dangerous, plagued by robberies, abductions, gang warfare, and drug cartels. Social and political inequalities are glaring, and about 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Many of its citizens dream of leaving.
Kazakhstan is vast, covering an area of more than one million square miles, which is more than a quarter of the United States. A former Soviet republic, it has been an independent state since 1991. Its population of 18 million is 70 percent Muslim. 25 percent are Christians, most of whom belong to the Russian Orthodox Church.
More and more Christians are leaving the Middle East. This exodus is affecting not only Syria and Iraq, but also Lebanon. In the quite recent past, this country was the only country of the Middle East with a Christian majority in the population, but now Christians are an ever shrinking minority.
The Institute for Philosophy and Theology run by the Capuchin Fathers in Addis Abeba is the only Catholic higher educational institution in central and southern Ethiopia. All the dioceses and all the religious communities in this country of Eastern Africa send their seminarians for their studies there.