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Calling for change and ecological conversion in a new dialogue to care for our common home, Laudato Si’ three years after

15 July 2018
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Pope Francis addressed the participants at the International Conference marking the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical letter shared with the world in 2015.  More than 200 people gathered at the New Synod Hall at the Vatican on 5 to 6 July 2018 to be part of the international conference organized by...
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Living Laudato Si’ – video

30 June 2018
Living Laudato Si’

On the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, we are continuously urged to hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS, 160).  The need to stir compassion and action for our common home among individuals and communities remains a pressing...
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Praying with Creation and forming communities of practice and justice

30 April 2018
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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

15 February 2018
Crédit photo: cathdal.org

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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Seeking environment and economic justice in the Pan-Amazonia

31 January 2018
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  by Alfredo Ferro Medina SJ Pan-Amazonia is a territory that encompasses areas of nine countries with seven million square kilometers and covers a third of all of South America.  The future of the planet depends a lot on the Amazon basin.  The future of all human beings also depends on our taking care...
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Reaffirming the urgent call to renew dialogue on building our planet’s future

30 November 2017
On their way to COP23, leaders from the Pacific island states met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photo credit: spc.int

Ecojesuit shares the letter of Pope Francis to Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama  who officially hosted the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November. Excellency, Nearly two years ago, the international community gathered within this UNFCCC forum, with most of its highest government representatives, and after a long and complex debate...
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A reflection in Bonn during COP23: What change in lifestyle demands

15 November 2017
Bicicletas para ir y volver en el recinto de la COP23 en Bonn. Foto de: S. Miclat

Pedro Walpole The Ecojesuit team gathered in Bonn to take part in a global process that is reckoning with climate action.  During one of our sessions, Pedro shared reflections on Fr Arturo Sosa’s letters where we need to discern priorities and changes needed, in the global and local, and also changes in ourselves, in...
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Fiji faith communities call for bold action: The COP23 Multi-Faith Charter

31 October 2017
Photo credit: UNEP-David Griggs, in Climate Change 2001, Synthesis Report. Contribution of working groups I, II and III to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

With support from the COP23 Presidency, a group of faith-based organizations in Fiji, with their communities and leaders, came together to draft and promulgate the COP23 Multi-Faith Charter, in which they commit to do more to help address the effects of climate change within their own faith communities, as well as make specific calls...
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Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity: An Ecological Examen

15 October 2017
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The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the US developed a new ecological examen Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity with the Ignatian Solidarity Network as a reflection tool to help individuals and institutions to engage more deeply in caring for creation and promoting ecological justice. The examen heeds Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ to...
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2017 World Day of Prayer for Creation: A joint message from the Vatican and from the Phanar

1 September 2017
Crédit photo: catholicecology.net

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued this brief joint statement on ecology for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, challenging “all people of goodwill to dedicate a time of prayer for the environment” so as “to change the way we perceive the world in order to change the way we relate...
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