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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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Stabilizing the climate and giving energy access to all with an inclusive economy

31 August 2014
Foto de: National Energy Efficiency Network, neen.org.au

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Humanity has entered a new era. Our technological prowess has brought humanity to a crossroads. We are the inheritors of two centuries of remarkable waves of technological change: steam power, railroads, the telegraph, electrification, automotive transport, aviation, industrial chemistry, modern medicine, computing,...
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Listening and accompanying in healing a living Earth

15 August 2014
Monte Rainier en el paisaje de Washington

Pedro Walpole, SJ The groaning experienced over the last three days of the conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons conference is in finding ways to relate with all of life, to more broadly network and communicate and to form new channels of hope and compassion not just with 28 universities, not even with...
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Bamboo Community: Living simply in solidarity and contemplation with others

15 July 2014
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Bamboo is a community open to all people who seek to live a life of deep connection with others and all creation, grounded in the mystery that underpins people’s lives. Seeking to be ‘contemplatives in action,’ Bamboo affirms life, love and justice through a commitment to three foundational principles: living simply, solidarity, and contemplation....
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A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

15 June 2014
Le domaine Tanaïl, à l’entrée de la région de la vallée de la Bekaa, reste un lieu rare et exceptionnel au Liban avec son bois bien conservé, sa terre et ses produits laitiers, sa crémerie agricole à la fois productie et durable, et ses activités environnementales et touristiques. Crédit photo: arcenciel

arcenciel As you wind down Mount Lebanon towards Chtaura, the Bekaa valley unveils. The heterogeneous pattern of fertile fields and anarchic urbanisation is a reminder that Lebanon inherits its identity as much from millennial traditions as from the development dynamics of past decades. Very few trees break the monotony of this over exploited land....
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Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

15 May 2014
Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

José Ignacio García Returning to Las Cortas de Blas in Valladolid, Spain is always a joyful and pleasant experience and where we are welcomed in the house of Pady Miranda, a good friend. Pady’s house is located within the Torozos Mountains of Tierra de Campos in Castilla, now fully covered by a cereal crop....
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