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2018 Lenten Message of Pope Francis

15 February 2018
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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

  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:

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

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
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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 (, 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:

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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