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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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Pope Francis on looking at the future through a “you”

31 May 2017
In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there.  Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference.  I very much like its title – “The Future You” – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at...
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A conversation on climate change and responses, community and social justice, youth and hope

15 May 2017
El personal de ESSC de los silvicultores comunitarios, jóvenes voluntarios jesuitas, agricultores de agricultura ecológica, participantes en la capacitación de jóvenes y maestros de escuelas comunitarias se reúnen en las faldas del Pantaron, compartiendo una visión y esperanza comunes con una comunidad de montaña en Bukidnon, Filipinas, en un clima cambiante. Foto de: S Miclat, ESSC

Ecojesuit shares this brief radio interview with Worldview on WBEZ in Chicago, USA where host Jerome McDonnell spoke with Pedro Walpole on climate change and its impact in the Philippines and in the Asia Pacific region, disaster risk reduction, land use change, indigenous communities, Standing Rock, youth and hope, and coming together and building...
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A soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees

31 March 2017
In May 2016, it was reported that five vegetated reef islands in the Solomon Islands in southwest Pacific vanished, with a further six experiencing severe receding shorelines, due to sea-level rise. This emerged from an Australian study that analyzed coastal dynamics from a sea-level rise hotspot by Simon Albert, et al (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011), who used time series aerial and satellite imagery of the 33 islands from 1947 to 2014, along with historical insight and local knowledge. Photo credit: un.org

John Surette, SJ Ecojesuit shares this timely piece from the National Catholic Reporter, as John Surette, SJ urgently reminds us of the soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees to respond to the climate disruption that humanity faces this century. In biblical times, repentance manifested itself in external signs such as...
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A Lenten prayer guide for protectors of Mother Earth

28 February 2017
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.

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...
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The community and ascetic dimensions of Christian ecological commitment

31 January 2017
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

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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