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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality

9 August 2018
The Colombian Amazon rainforest is estimated to be a third of Colombia’s total land area of about 111 million hectares.  There are varying estimates of this forested area: 60.3 million ha (FAO 2012), 48 million ha (World Bank), and 64 million ha (Forestry Development Plan). Colombia is also believed to host 14% of the world’s biodiversity.  Between 1990 and 2010, FAO reported a deforestation rate of 101,000 ha (0.17%) per year while government reports a higher rate of 310,349 ha (0.48%) per year for the same time period.  Other studies estimated deforestation increase by 192% in the Caquetá region in 2012 and the Colombian Ministry of Environment estimated a loss of 140,356 ha in 2014. (Source: Global Forest Atlas) Photo credit: S Miclat

The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 2)

15 July 2018
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Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University This is a continuation of the previous Ecojesuit article that shared the first four of eight strategies in strengthening an engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice that the Environmental Justice Collaborative at Santa Clara University identified. The Environmental Justice Collaborative...
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Calling for change and ecological conversion in a new dialogue to care for our common home, Laudato Si’ three years after

15 July 2018
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Pope Francis addressed the participants at the International Conference marking the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical letter shared with the world in 2015.  More than 200 people gathered at the New Synod Hall at the Vatican on 5 to 6 July 2018 to be part of the international conference organized by...
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Exploring deeper relations and collaboration with Latin America: Ecojesuit 2018 Annual Meeting in Leticia, Colombia

15 July 2018
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The 2018 annual meeting of Ecojesuit in Leticia in Amazonas, Colombia from 3 to 5 August intends to strengthen the Ecojesuit network as it explores deeper relations and collaboration in moving identified ecology themes across and out through the different Conferences. The meeting builds on the new commitment of Jesuit Conference Presidents and Social...
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Integral ecology and Indigenous Peoples

15 July 2018
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The international conference on Laudato Si’ on its third anniversary spoke about three urgent engagements in responding to the social and environmental challenges that our world faces in the current times. First is the economics of the present situation and its urgency and for which Pope Francis has already spoken with oil companies and urged...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

30 June 2018
Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that “… a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth...
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International Conference on the 3rd anniversary of Laudato Si’

30 June 2018
Ms Mercy Pakiwag, a Pulangiyen community member, shares her community’s concerns and actions in the culture and ecology session of the Living Laudato Si’ workshop recently held in Bendum, Mindanao, Philippines with around 30 Asia Pacific participants. The backdrop is a Pulangiyen community mural of their ancestral domain. Mercy joins the Vatican’s international conference on the 3rd anniversary of Laudato Si’ on 5 to 6 July. (Photo by A Ignacio/ESSC)

On the occasion of the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is organizing an International Conference on the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’: Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth from 5 to 6 July 2018. This conference aspires to communicate the deep...
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An enormous workshop experience and reflection on Living Laudato Si’

15 June 2018
Living Laudato Si’ is a JCAP Spirituality for Action workshop that gathered participants from different countries in Asia Pacific at Balay Laudato Si’ in Bendum, Bukidnon, Philippines.

Luke Henkel After spending four days at the Living Laudato Si’ spirituality for action workshop in Bendum, Bukidnon province in the Philippines, I am left with just one word that resonates across my lips, my heart, and my soul.  That word is enormous. Enormous can refer to much more than quantifiable size: it is...
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Divestment: Investing in Creation – Video

15 May 2018
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Divestment : Investing in Creation from Andres Ignacio on Vimeo. Movements to divest from fossil fuel investments in different parts of the world is gaining momentum.  With 70 percent of the carbon driving climate change coming from the use of fossil fuels globally and sustained by 90 corporate and state entities.  These carbon majors...
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Calling for change through a renewed vision and a “holy anger”: Father General’s address to GIAN and social apostolate coordinators

30 April 2018
To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.”" width="600" height="280" /> “To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.

  In a meeting for discernment and apostolic planning, Father General Arturo Sosa SJ reminded leaders of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks (GIAN) and Social Apostolate Coordinators who met in Rome from 23 to 27 April 2018 of the need for “a renewed vision of the deep link between social justice, care for the...
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