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Catholic Ecology, socially and pastorally speaking, 2015: The Pan-Amazonic Church Network (REPAM)

15 April 2015
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Michael Czerny, SJ Beginning in 1974, I have been blessed to visit seven of the nine Amazonic countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana, Perú, Surinam and Venezuela) … but only recently did I discover that I was actually visiting the Pan-Amazonia! Thanks to this discovery, while looking at somewhat familiar, at the...
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An interview with ESSC on Reconciling with Creation

30 March 2015
Personal de ESSC durante un taller de planificación en Bendum, en la provincia de Bukidnon. Foto des: A Ignacio, ESSC

Scholastic Patrick Nogoy, SJ interviewing Sylvia Miclat Care for the environment is popularly promoted today in various programs, documentaries, films, and advocacies, with endorsements from political leaders and celebrities like Al Gore and Leonardo di Caprio; however, translating this care into effective strategies and actions which have meaningful impact remains a challenge. The 35th...
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Natural and mineral resources: A theological reflection

28 February 2015
Crédit photo: Commission européenne, 2010

Frank Turner, SJ “To believe in You, I must believe in love and in justice; and believing in these things is a thousand times better than pronouncing your name.” (Attributed to Henri de Lubac, SJ) The theme of justice in the domain of natural and mineral resources has become a central pillar of the...
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Strengthening cultural integrity through culture-based education

15 February 2015
Paisaje en Bendum. Foto des: P. Sendin

    Paula Sendín The so-called civilized world was built on the principle that development is linked to education which eventually will help in developing a community or even a nation. Thus, economic and social development can be achieved through intellectual formation, especially in the form of formal education that, at least in principle,...
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The Francis Effect, change, and hard work

31 January 2015
Foto de: EcoWaste Coalition

Mariel de Jesus And so, after a whirlwind four-day visit, Shepherd One carried Pope Francis back to Rome last 19 January. Somehow, it’s very hard to see him leave. For the past few days, it’s as if the Philippines was in a nationwide recollection with the Supreme Pontiff and the encounter has been one...
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Global Catholic Climate Movement launched as Pope Francis visits the Philippines: A collaboration for prayer and action on the climate crisis

15 January 2015
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The Global Catholic Climate Movement, a collaboration of Catholic organizations and leaders from different parts of the world, was launched last 14 January 2015 with a statement presented to Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Philippines. Ecojesuit and Reconciliation with Creation of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific are part of this growing...
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Healing a broken world from our communities: Thinking and praying on the gift of creation

15 November 2014
Miembros de comunidades cristianas locales se organizan y debaten cómo vivir de forma ecológica en su realidad local

Jaime Tatay, SJ In his first homily as Pope, on 24 April 2005, Benedict XVI said: “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast. Therefore the earth’s treasures no longer serve to build God’s garden for all to live in, but they have been made to...
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A quiet compassion with a terrific nightlife with the sky and the stars: Victor Badillo, SJ, priest-scientist, 1930-2014

31 October 2014
El Padre Victor Badillo, preparando las observaciones celestes. Foto des: Manila Observatory Archives

Father Victor “Vic” Badillo, SJ  died on Sunday morning, 26 October, after long years of kindly service. I knew him as the Director of the Manila Observatory  as he gave me space to set up what became the Environmental Research Division in the late 1980s. I lived with him in community for about six...
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Development action agenda post-2015: CLC at the 65th UNDPI/NGO Conference 2014

30 September 2014
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Ann Marie Brennan With the youth as an integral part of development, two young adults read the 13-page Conference Outcome Document Declaration of the 65th Annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/NGO Conference with the theme “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,” a distillation of presentations and discussions involving civil society to address the...
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A fair energy transition

15 September 2014
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José Ignacio García, SJ The energy transition is an urgent need because of the depletion of fossil fuels, the response to climate change, and to ensure the energy independence of our societies. It can also be an opportunity to promote a new model of social justice. From 10 to 12 September, the conference A...
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