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Discovering Christ through the beauty of ecology

30 November 2015
La beauté de nos paysages et l’intégrité de nos moyens de subsistance et de notre mode de vie nous invitent à la louange (Loyola, Pays Basque). Crédit photo: P Walpole

Pablo Martínez de Anguita, PhD As Pope Francis stated in his encyclical Laudato si’, the current environmental crisis, global in scope and local in impact, requires major changes in how we think about our world and its future and multi-disciplinary efforts are needed to produce solutions to our interconnected environmental problems. During the last...
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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Ireland: Responding to the greatest challenge of our age

15 November 2015
Glendalough, la vallée des deux lacs. Crédit photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Catherine Devitt I come from Glendalough, County Wicklow, located in the east of Ireland.  It’s a place of deep monastic tradition – Saint Kevin settled here in the 6th century – and incredible natural beauty, the valley itself carved out over time by glacial and fluvial dynamics and now home to extensive oak forests dating...
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Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

31 October 2015
«Si nous nous approchons de la nature et de l’environnement sans cette ouverture à l’étonnement et à l’émerveillement, si nous ne parlons plus le langage de la fraternité et de la beauté dans notre relation avec le monde, nos attitudes seront celles du dominateur, du consommateur ou du pur exploiteur de ressources, incapable de fixer des limites à ses intérêts immédiats. En revanche, si nous nous sentons intimement unis à tout ce qui existe, la sobriété et le souci de protection jailliront spontanément.» (Laudato si’, n.11) Crédit photo: P Walpole in Bendum, Philippines

José Ignacio García, SJ Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There...
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Laudato si’ and integral ecology: Do not be afraid

15 October 2015
El valor web y las fronteras planetarias. Foto de: International Civil Society Centre

Pedro Walpole “Do not be afraid” could well have been Pope Francis’ opening words in this encyclical, as he asks us to go deeper, and not to fear going deeper, into our daily life experience: “Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it...
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From Cardoner to the Amazon: Water from the same Source

30 September 2015
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Fernando López, SJ and Arizete Miranda, CNS-CSA, translated to English by Joseph Munitiz, SJ “Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sang and danced,...
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To be with, to think with, to act with, to pray with

15 September 2015
El fortalecimiento del país y la capacidad de recuperación de la comunidad en la región de Asia Pacífico para impactos de un clima cambiante es un enfoque estratégico de apoyo nacional, regional e internacional para el desarrollo. Foto de: UNDP-USAID Adapt Asia Pacific

JCAP Social Apostolate Decree 4 of the General Congregation (GC) 32 of the Society of Jesus in 1975 defines the mission of the Society as the service of faith with the promotion of justice as an integral part of that mission. At its publication, this document confirmed the strategic choice made by the Jesuits...
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Can the sustainable development goals help transform the world by 2030?

31 August 2015
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Mariel de Jesus In 2000, the global community took on the serious task of addressing the world’s most pressing development problems. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) laid out specific, time-bound objectives with the aim of improving the situation of the poorest of the poor. Now that the MDG period is officially ending, the question...
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Greener churches and ethical investing: Helping shape environmental and social decisions

15 August 2015
Mercado dominical de frutas y verduras orgánicas de pequeños productores en la parroquia de la Archidiocesis de Cagayan de Oro en el norte de Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: S Miclat

Michael L Tan The papal encyclical Laudato si’ sparked many discussions about the relationship of religion to environmental conservation. What I’d like to see more of, especially in the Philippines, are greener churches, literally and figuratively. Churches in the Philippines – Catholic, Protestant, or Iglesia ni Cristo – as well as mosques, would do...
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Ten realizations arising from Laudato si’

31 July 2015
El Padre Tony visitando los jóvenes indígenas de tierras altas haciendo carpintería en Bukidnon, Filipinas, como parte de un programa más amplio ecología integral para los jóvenes adultos, con formación para la adquisición de destrezas y de valores. Foto de: ESSC

Antonio F Moreno, SJ Laudato si’ is unparalleled in many senses. In Catholic social thought, it is the first papal encyclical that treats the environment and climate change issues in the light of faith. No other papal encyclical has received as much attention before and after its release as this one. Arguably, this is...
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A Laudato si’ guidance map for human development and dialogue

30 June 2015
Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

Ecojesuit is putting up this guidance map  to the different parts of Laudato si’, the environment encyclical of Pope Francis, for readers who wish to engage with this document in terms of human development perspectives but who may not share the same faith convictions. The guidance map is presented in this sequence: from the...
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