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SJES Golden Jubilee: 50 years of promoting social justice and reconciliation

30 September 2019
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To commemorate 50 years of promoting social justice and reconciliation of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES), over 200 participants from the six Jesuit Conferences are coming together in Rome on 4 to 8 November for the Golden Jubilee Congress of SJES to collaborate on a new orientation of the social apostolate in...
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Faith leaders call for a response to the ecological and social crisis and to unite to protect the web of life in Season of Creation

31 August 2019
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Ecojesuit shares this 2019 letter from faith leaders around the world as Christians celebrate the Season of Creation across the ecumenical spectrum, as well as leaders of many faith traditions. The season begins 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint...
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SDG 4 review: Slow progress and the importance of multilingual education

15 July 2019
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The first day of presentations and discussions on 9 July at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was very far from a discussion as panelists presented in the main forum, Review of SDG implementation and interrelations among goals: Discussion on SDG 4 – Quality education, and different governments and social representatives spoke...
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JCAP workshop on discernment, depth, action and mission through the UAPs

30 June 2019
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With the release of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) to guide the Society of Jesus and its works for the next 10 years, the Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organizing a Laudato Si’ spirituality for action workshop from 5 to 9 August 2019 at Balay Laudato Si’...
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Energy CEOs sign joint statements at the Vatican on carbon pricing and climate risk disclosures

15 June 2019
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Chief executive officers (CEOs) of major energy corporations and investment fund organizations, along with other institutions, signed joint statements on carbon pricing and climate risk disclosures, after a two-day summit and a meeting with Pope Francis who declared a climate emergency. This gathering, titled the Vatican Dialogues on The Energy Transition and Care for...
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Casa Velha: When spirituality and ecology come together

15 May 2019
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Ana Catarina André (translated from Portuguese by Madalena Meneses)  Casa Velha is a 67-hectare farm in Vale Travesso, Ourém municipality near Fatima in Portugal.  Some Atravessados members – a group of 18 young people who volunteer there once a month – prepare to plant some leeks, lettuces, zucchinis, cabbages. “You can start with the...
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Religions and SDGs

31 March 2019
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Valeria Méndez de Vigo Organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Pontificate for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican on 7 to 9 March 2019, the International Conference on Religions and Sustainable Development Goals  brought together representatives of different UN agencies and cardinals, leaders of the Catholic Church and other religions...
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International conference on integral ecology: Exploring options for territorial communion with the Amazon and other critical global biomes

15 March 2019
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As part of the process leading to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019 at the Vatican, the International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes/territories for the care of our common home will take place on 19 to...
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Inspired by a young Swedish student’s solo protest on climate inaction, students around the world strike and demand climate action from their governments

19 February 2019
On 10 January, 3,000 young people took to the streets of Brussels, calling for climate action outside the European Parliament. A week later on 17 January, 12,500 came out (part of the crowd shown in this photo).

A protest that started with a 15-year-old Swedish girl who refused to go to school unless politicians start “prioritizing the climate question” has snowballed into a global movement fueled by children who want their adults to take urgent action on the changing climate. Thousands of students in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia have...
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Irish case joins the global movement on Climate Change and Human Rights

31 January 2019
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Last 25 January 2019 the last hearings of a case seeking to enforce the duty of the Irish Government to protect human rights from the impacts of climate change were heard before the Irish High Courts. The case was filed by a group of Irish environmental advocates called Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE)...
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