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Pope Francis’ call to be eco-revolutionaries

31 January 2014
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Al Fritsch, SJ A Christian who is not a revolutionary today is not a Christian. Pope Francis Being a Christian involves obedience. It’s easier to obey a superior we like unless he makes the likeable somewhat difficult. Jesuits, with our special vow, think this affable Pope is easy to follow when he asks us...
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GMOs in agriculture: Part of the solution or part of the problem?

15 January 2014
La modificación genética utiliza la biotecnología moderna para cambiar los genes de un organismo de manera no es posible a través de las técnicas de cultivo tradicionales, resultando en un organismo genéticamente modificado. Foto de: csiro.au

Jesús de Torres Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are formed by transferring genetic information and are not possible to be formed naturally. This includes the transfer of genes between taxonomically remote groups such as bacteria and animals or plants and animals. The methods used are varied and include modified natural vectors (i.e. viruses, bacterial...
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The commoditization of water and its social impact

27 December 2013
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Xavier Savarimuthu, SJ Water, once a synonym of life, is fast becoming the basis for disrupting life as we perceive it on Earth. Scenario 1: Faced with a task of feeding 8 billion (and counting) hungry mouths, agriculture is becoming more and more intense, with water usage (70 percent of the world’s freshwater is...
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Peace is not easily found: Tacloban a week after typhoon Yolanda

29 November 2013
Tacloban, Leyte, Filipinas, 16 noviembre, 2013. Foto des: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ The Tacloban coastline is a sea of flotsam: jumbled wood of various sizes, plywood, foam, refrigerator doors, boxes, cabinet frames, chair backs, bench tops. You can walk for hours watching your step and people as they move around on this trail of debris. By the shore, sometimes there are two-meter coconut...
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The Magis of incarnation in contemporary socioeconomic structures: The vote with the wallet

31 October 2013
Foto de: Oxfam, thefinancialbrand.com

Leonardo Becchetti The in-depth analysis of the res novae (new thing) of globally integrated socioeconomic systems leads us to identify the vote with the wallet as the lever which (in the logic of the Magis and of the preferential option for the poor) can help us to maximize our effectiveness in reconciling social and...
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Memory and mission, Gangjeong reflections

15 October 2013
La emergente estructura del puerto en la distancia está rompiendo la roca natural y la tradición de la pesca por las mujeres de la comunidad. Foto de: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ The following are excerpts from the reflections of Pedro Walpole, SJ upon his visit to Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island in South Korea last May 2013. The village is also the site of an ongoing protest against the construction of a naval base. Francis Mun-su Park, SJ, director of the Jesuit Research...
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What must I do to reduce my CO2-equivalent emissions?

30 September 2013
Foto de: Carbone 4, Eco2Climat

Guillaume Emin Moral duties are generally not much in fashion today. It is very easy to speak about must-see movies, must-do trips or must-have smartphone applications, but it has become pretty difficult to speak about what every person should do or avoid, for moral reasons. As I share some efficient ways to reduce our...
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Water at the wrong place, wrong time: How can we cope?

15 September 2013
Manggahan floodway, sur de Metro Manila, Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

Rowena Soriaga and Wendy Clavano The World Water Week 2013  closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of...
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Water in Catholic Social Teaching

31 August 2013
Foto de: globalcalendar.info

Frank Turner, SJ For Christians, water is both a necessarily fundamental ecological theme and also a spiritual symbol. These two perspectives are inseparable. Sharing water justice with wisdom is at the heart of environmental responsibility, and yet water is more than one natural resource among others: it evokes Christ himself who refers to himself...
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Spiritual conversations on the frontiers of Ignatian ecological commitment

15 August 2013
La belleza de Beirut. Foto de: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole SJ Meeting the Christian Life Community family during their 16th General Assembly in Beirut, Lebanon was an energetic gathering with a long schedule of meetings, reflections, and fellowship. It made a great difference in having the gathering in Beirut and hearing from the local community and the community of neighbouring Syria. The...
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