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Asia Pacific Jesuits in the time of Laudato si’

31 January 2017
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) established Reconciliation with Creation, a comprehensive program that aims to enable greater environmental awareness and participation in caring for all forms of life.  As part of this program, Jesuit pastoral ministries with the poor and beyond are integrating social and ecological objectives. Meanwhile, Jesuit schools are embarking upon a new learning curve with many new social engagements and technologies that may enact greater ecological integration and accountability.  Likewise, as part of this initiative, Jesuit communities themselves are learning to audit their consumption and waste. Climatic events, as those that have devastated many different communities that this conference represents, are currently the focus of many Jesuit institutions as they seek to develop protocol beyond relief to disaster risk reduction.  To address this urgent challenge, sustainability science needs to adapt so that it becomes problem-focused, and a critical element in this endeavor is the capacity of Jesuit institutes to network and collaborate with others. Grounded in gratitude and engaging with hope, Reconciliation with Creation is essentially an invitation to act that concurrently seeks to gradually deepen the experience of the sacred. The Asia Pacific context The movement for environmental research and ecological action across
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Zero hunger, food security, improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)

15 January 2017
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It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, hunger remains a second priority when talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – after eradication of extreme poverty, one of the main causes of hunger. The hunger problem, it would seem, should have been almost overcome, or is experienced only in pockets in certain areas of the world today.  According to the UN World Food Programme however, “some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.  That’s about one in nine people on earth”, even as notable advancements are achieved in food issues. A primary response is through direct food assistance in urgent situations, usually in countries with very poor economic conditions or with heavy and persistent armed conflicts, or surviving natural disasters.  There is also a huge effort in responding to malnutrition in many rural areas, home to 50% of the world’s population and in which the majority are subsistence farmers. Reducing poverty in rural areas is one of the most sustainable strategies, for which a combination of activities is needed.  On the one hand, the efficiency of agricultural and livestock activities need to be improved but ensuring their sustainability.  During the
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Reflections

A view of the Earth at night as seen from space, revealing city lights, gas flares, wildfires and other nighttime lights.  Image was captured in April and October 2012 by a sensor aboard NOAA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite. Photo credit:blog.education.nationalgeographic.com

A Lenten prayer guide for protectors of Mother Earth

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team Traditionally, Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  It is a journey of faith, preparing us for Holy Week and Easter.  It lasts 40 days, recalling Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness and Jesus’ 40...

Los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible ilustrados por la Agencia Católica para el Desarrollo de Ultramar (CAFOD), que ha abogado por nuevos objetivos globales de desarrollo ya que sus socios compartieron que estos son “importantes para el trabajo que hacen con las comunidades de todo el mundo.” Foto de: cafod.org.uk

The community and ascetic dimensions of Christian ecological commitment

Jaime Tatay Nieto, SJ Many continue to examine the motivating factors behind the promulgation of Laudato si’ (LS), the first “ecological” encyclical in the history of Church social teaching.  The subject of LS goes far beyond the Catholic community and concerns every person who believes in a God who can act out of love,...

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Inspiring sustainable lifestyles through the lens

Wishing to contribute to building a strong narrative for deep individual and collective changes,...

Struggling for climate justice in our common home

Climate justice as human justice is the main theme of Loyola University Chicago’s fourth...