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Journey with the spring

27 March 2020
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Margarida Alvim We live in desert times, even though winter is taking place. Although in different conditions, realities, or circumstances, we are all in the same boat, with no exception. What is this echoing in me? Silence? Urgency? Impotence? Fear? A need to be with others? To touch? A new clarity around life and...
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An ecological justice experiment in Bendum: A conversion experience

29 February 2020
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Nhika Rufaro Admire SJ I am a Jesuit priest from Zimbabwe, belonging to the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe/Mozambique. I came to the Philippines at the beginning of September 2019 for a six-month tertianship program organised by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. Tertianship is officially the last stage of Jesuit formation and a preparation...
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Finding motivation for Adivasi youth and community in Bagdogra: Thoughts from Bishop Vincent Aind

15 February 2020
Bishop Vincent Aind, Diocese of Bagdogra: “I would dare to think we have to seek opportunity here, without migrating far away. While one may earn better – such as in Kerala where they can earn two to three times what they earn here - there are many other evil consequences of migrating. So I would like to think boldly that we have to seek opportunity here.”

Raiza Javier Tea or chai is a staple part of daily life in India, the second largest producer of tea in the world. As the most popular drink in the country, tea does not only bring people together for refreshment around the table, but also in plantations away from their ancestral land. Such is the...
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Reflections on the XVI Comillas Theology Conference on Ecology

31 January 2020
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Luis Delgado del Valle SJ The XVI Comillas Theology Conference held at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain in October 2019 had a special relevance when dealing with the theme of ecology given the historical moment in which we find ourselves. Three milestones define that moment. A week before, the president of Brazil, Jair...
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Peace as a journey of hope, through dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion

19 December 2019
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Ecojesuit shares the message of Pope Francis celebrating the 53rd World Day of Peace in January 2020 as a journey of hope with dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion. Peace, a journey of hope in the face of obstacles and trial Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration...
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Ecological thinking: We are all ecologically connected

12 December 2019
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George Pattery SJ Our interdependence is most visible in the ecosystem, and when Laudato Si’ speaks of this, it is not only from the ecological point of view, but also from the whole evolutionary point of view. Everything is interconnected. Even the flutter of a butterfly can change the harmony of the universe. In...
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Young climate activists ask leaders not to ignore the science: Why we strike again

9 December 2019
Marching in Madrid, COP25, 6 December (Twitter - @Greta Thunberg)

Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Angela Valenzuela Ecojesuit shares this article released before COP25 started in Madrid, Spain and written by three young women climate activists from Sweden, Germany, and Chile who are leading and inspiring student and youth climate strikes in different parts of the world. For more than a year, children and young...
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Promote processes and encourage hope: Pope Francis reminds the Jesuit social apostolate

5 December 2019
The SJES Golden Jubilee Congress in Rome from 4 to 8 November 2019 remembered “the lives of 57 Jesuit martyrs and dozens of non-reported men and women, religious and lay people, all murdered for being defenders of rights and witnesses of the truth.” (Source: Letter to a companion “martyr” (https://www.sjesjesuits.global/wp-content/uploads/SJES_Congress_Letter_to_martyrs_EN.pdf).

Ecojesuit shares Pope Francis’ address to participants from the Golden Jubilee Congress organized by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) whom the Holy Father met on 7 November 2019 at the Vatican, during which he reminded them of the key role of the Jesuit social apostolate in promoting processes and encouraging hope. Good...
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Encouraging a deeper sense of community and connectedness in Adivasi land: A conversation with Archbishop Felix Toppo

23 November 2019
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Raiza Javier For Indigenous Peoples of India, known as tribals or Adivasis, titles do not only hold the name of their family, but are also the ties that bind them to the land. For example, Archbishop Felix Toppo of the Archdiocese of Ranchi shared that his name toppo is the name of a nightingale. Titles...
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Business students learn why the margins persist in a growing economy

15 October 2019
A local farmer shares with a student the difficulties experienced by upland corn farmers in Bukidnon. Photo credit: R Javier | ESSC

“When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society. This vision of “might is right” has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the...
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