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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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God’s dreams for Sukaria

30 September 2019
Bamboo structure in Sukaria

Sr Ana Pina ACI In listening and looking back three and a half years since we arrived in Sukaria, we give first give thanks to God for all that has happened as we passed the time of living and experiencing of His presence in Sukaria. We also give thanks for His dream for Sukaria....
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Spirituality for action in two houses caring for our common home

31 August 2019
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Margarida Alvim It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis. A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us. Should we not pause and consider this? (Laudato Si’ 101) God saw everything...
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Philippine bishops call for ecological conversion and hope in a climate emergency

31 July 2019
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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter on 16 July titled An urgent call for ecological conversion, hope in the face of climate emergency and that Ecojesuit shares below. The Philippine bishops also identified 12 action points towards the end, committing to live the spirit and principles of Laudato Si’....
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Forests and communities for peace and wellbeing: The need to remain grounded

15 July 2019
Forests for peace and wellbeing, by Mr Kundan Chaudary from Nepal, Best Poster winner, APFW 2019: “In my art, I tried to portray a small part of a village surrounded by forests. In rural Nepal, people depend on forests to fulfill basic needs like rearing animals, firewood, and timber. Women carrying fodder for animals depicts one positive impact of forests on people’s livelihood through animal husbandry. Availability of gently flowing water in the river for animals to drink is a result of good forest management. Forests allow birds to peacefully enjoy the environment and the beauty of nature.”

  Pedro Walpole SJ The theme of Forests for Peace and Wellbeing for the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) 2019 in Incheon, Korea is a beautiful concept that we are challenged to live and make real. It comes from deep within the Korean culture and experience of today, and for this we are very grateful...
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