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Everything is connected

15 May 2020
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Lindy Brasher This year marks the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home and to mark the occasion, the Vatican named 16 to 24 May 2020 as Laudato Si’ Week. The theme for this special week is “everything is connected.” One might ask, “How can everything be...
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Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land: Laudato Si’ and COVID-19

13 May 2020
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Fr John Webootsa MCCJ The coronavirus pandemic highlights in a striking way our vulnerability as humans, what we have in common with each other and with other creatures. For a very long time we are suffering a common pandemic as a human family. No human, no creature is excluded from this situation. However, this...
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Science and humanities meet Laudato Si’

4 May 2020
Loyola University Chicago seniors Angelo Kelvakis (left) and Xinran Liang work to remove aphids from basil plants grown in the aquaponics system in the IES greenhouse on the Lake Shore Campus on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Lettuce and basil are both grown using the aquaponics system and are then sold at local farmer's markets or to local vendors. (Photo: Lukas Keapproth)

Nancy C Tuchman, PhD My colleagues in the sciences at Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) spend much of their time researching ways to help the planet repair itself. They ask the practical questions: Which plants are best at pulling lead out of contaminated soils? Which evolutionary traits in plants can...
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50th Earth Day: Caring for our common home

25 April 2020
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Pope Francis held his weekly general audience during Earth Day, 22 April, and called for common action and ecological conversion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, whose roots can be traced to humanity’s relentless breaching of the planetary boundaries and habitat destruction through disastrous land-use changes. The coronavirus crisis presents a global challenge that this is...
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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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