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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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Some questions to consider on fossil fuel divestment and shareholder engagement

31 May 2015
L’Université Georgetown a récemment annoncé sa cession de sociétés charbonnières et encouragera ses compagnies de placements externes à rester loin de sociétés charbonnières.  Des militants étudiants avec la Georgetown combustibles campagne libre de dire que c'est un "petit pas " qu'il y a encore d'importants investissements dans les compagnies de pétrole et de gaz. Crédit photo: GU Fossil Free

John Sealey My comments reflect on some uniquely Ignatian considerations, challenges and opportunities, regarding divestment and active shareholder engagement strategies. I hope these provide perspectives other than those that take vociferous and binary approaches toward the fossil fuel reallocation question. Previously, I shared the need for patient trust in the active engagement in fossil...
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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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