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Living Laudato Si’: A Spirituality for Action Workshop

31 January 2018

The Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organizing a series of Living Laudato Si’ workshops in Mindanao this year to contribute to the formation of apostolic communities of practice capable of reconciling with creation.  By bringing together the experiences of Jesuits and justice, of communities of practice and discernment, the Living Laudato Si’ workshops allow participants to review their spirituality and discernment towards more effective planning and implementation in the various apostolates. The first workshop on 21 to 25 January drew 32 participants from 13 Jesuit works in four countries.  Coordination for workshop preparations was done through the monthly webinars of the JCAP Reconciliation with Creation Program. The workshop dates dovetailed with the annual colloquium of the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA) in the Philippines held the previous week in Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, and the invitation broadened the Philippine participation.  Many SJSA participants are involved in university ecological or social outreach programs and some teach in high school and college.  Local parish participants took part as well and are part of the Bukidnon Mission District. There are four objectives of the Living Laudato Si’ workshops: 1) to share an understanding of
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What happened during storm year 2017

15 January 2018
Photo from Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines.

Storms and typhoons in the Philippines during 2017 went without massive disruption this year until 11 December when Tropical Storm Urduja (international Kai-tak) struck, followed by Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) and Tropical Storm Agaton (Bolaven) in the first days of 2018. These storms came slow and heavy with rain, along a more westbound path (not immediately turning north) and on a more southerly trend, as is expected late in the season. Vinta hit hardest the Mindanao provinces of Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte resulting in landslides and flooding, with over 260 deaths and much displacement in six provinces in Mindanao and two in Luzon. The third hardest-hit province in Mindanao was Lanao del Sur, where the existing catastrophe of a war just ended in Marawi City and which was subjected to 136 days of the bloodiest war in the Philippines since World War II.  Thus, even before the rains of Vinta hit Marawi, there were already 200,000 people trying to resettle in a city reduced to rubble. There were 34 storms recorded for the Pacific with 22 tropical storms entering the Philippine area of responsibility, six of which developed into typhoons hitting the Philippines. As of the present, there
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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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