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Divestment: Investing in Creation – Video

15 May 2018
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Divestment : Investing in Creation from Andres Ignacio on Vimeo. Movements to divest from fossil fuel investments in different parts of the world is gaining momentum.  With 70 percent of the carbon driving climate change coming from the use of fossil fuels globally and sustained by 90 corporate and state entities.  These carbon majors are responsible for an estimated 65 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions from 1751 to 2013.  Drastic reductions are needed and transitions started.  As well, there is a need to respond to the human rights abuses occurring in many resource-rich countries in fossil fuel extraction, as well as to the land and water degradation. The Jesuits in English Canada, Italy, and Australia joined the global movement in fossil fuel divestment while in a related concern on shifting to clean energy, South Korean Catholic priests and nuns take the lead in protesting against nuclear power. In a first-in-the-nation step towards divestment, the city of New York in the United States announced last month its plan to divest within the next five years the city’s pension funds of roughly US$5 billion held in the securities of over 190 fossil fuel companies. Divestment means ethical investment, and by excluding fossil fuel
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Calling for change through a renewed vision and a “holy anger”: Father General’s address to GIAN and social apostolate coordinators

30 April 2018
To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.”" width="600" height="280" /> “To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.

  In a meeting for discernment and apostolic planning, Father General Arturo Sosa SJ reminded leaders of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks (GIAN) and Social Apostolate Coordinators who met in Rome from 23 to 27 April 2018 of the need for “a renewed vision of the deep link between social justice, care for the environment, the struggle for peace and faith.  All this, together, moves people to work for reconciliation among themselves, with creation and God.”  And to bring about change, “we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’… a passion that cries ‘enough.’” And with preparations underway for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Pan-Amazon region that will take place in the Vatican in October 2019, Father General sees this effort by Pope Francis as “a concrete way to help move the Church to implement Laudato Si’” and “also a call to the Society of Jesus to focus on reconciliation with creation as a dimension of the mission we have received.” The Society of Jesus is currently undertaking a discernment process of their Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) that involves a discernment in common, using the GC 36 decrees as a background, Father General’s letter that
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Reflections

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Praying with Creation and forming communities of practice and justice

Pedro Walpole SJ Environment is relationship, it is community, it is family.  Saint Francis knew this.  The land gives us life, gives us food, filters our water and gives us a home. Just because we make cement, steel girders, motors, microchips, and robots with our intelligence and extract all things from the land, our...

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2018 Lenten Message of Pope Francis

Pope Francis released his message for the 2018 liturgical season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February and the theme of this year’s message is: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).  Ecojesuit shares the full text of the Pope’s Lenten message that mentions...

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