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Indigenous resistance and the right to consultation in Ixcán, Guatemala

28 February 2013
Representantes de la comunidad presentan sus preocupaciones sobre la propuesta represa hidroeléctrica Xalalá en septiembre de 2010 que inundarán las mejores tierras en 58 comunidades indígenas de Q'eqchi y algunos de los más pobres en el país. En octubre de 2012, las comunidades indígenas se reunieron con gobierno y presentaron sus razones para oponerse a la construcción de la presa en un foro público, pero gobierno es proceder a una segunda llamada a licitación en enero de 2013. Foto de: nisgua.blogspot.com

Alicia Alemán Arrastio The case of the communities of Ixcán, in the northern area of Guatemala, illustrates the contemporary phenomenon of the growing pressure on the land and the natural resources which confronts the resistance of the local population, within a context of militarization.  The social action of the indigenous and peasant communities of...
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Living lightly and lovingly

15 February 2013
Garrett (segundo desde la izquierda), con otros novicios de clases de entrada 2010 y 2011 en un recorrido en bicicleta de Saint Paul y Minneapolis, MN en los Estados Unidos, durante la semana de orientación 2011. Foto de: G Gundlach

Scholastic Garrett Gundlach, SJ I have to admit right away that the main reason why people call me a ‘Jesuit tree hugger’ is because I literally hug trees.  In fact, Google-image-search my name, and the proof is right there, in green plaid and brown bark.  But with a semester under my belt as a...
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A reflection on soils: Groundlessly unnoticeable but heavenly crucial

31 January 2013
Cubierta de laderas en y el Océano Pacífico en la costa de California, USA. Foto de: Kyungsoo Yoo

Professor Kyungsoo Yoo I grew up in Seoul, one of the largest mega cities in Asia and the world.  When I was a child, Seoul showcased the good and bad symptoms of a rapidly industrializing economy.  My pre-school years were spent playing soccer and catching bugs.  Our soccer field had to be given up...
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Blessed are the peacemakers

15 January 2013
Foto de: Global Environmental Outlook 5, UNEP, 2012

Al Fritsch, SJ Several issues require longer-term cooperative efforts.  Our world has a human-generated environmental “cliff,” namely, climate change effects:  frequent weather extremes, oceans rising 3.2 millimeters per year, and carbon dioxide increasing at 2 ppm per year and expected to reach a catastrophic 650 ppm by 2050, or a 4oC temperature rise.  Europe...
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Reflections on China’s environmental protection administration system

31 December 2012
Agricultura y reforestación en el oeste de China, la necesidad de asegurar el suministro de agua. Foto de: P. Walpole

Dr Ziran Bao Ecojesuit shares these interesting notes from Dr Ziran Bao, a Senior Engineer at the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications, Ministry of Environmental Protection in China.  These notes were based on a paper she shared during an international workshop at the Mateo Ricci Institute last 7 and 8 November 2012 entitled...
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The dream of an older Jesuit

15 December 2012
Foto de: actapublications.com & csjthewell.org

John Surette, SJ (NEN) “Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 3:1) I have been a member of our Society for fifty-five years and have just turned seventy-eight years of age.  On the occasion of my birthday I desire to share with you my dream for our...
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A green church

30 November 2012
Parroquia Pedro Canisio (St Peter Canisius Church) en Nijmegen, Países Bajos. Foto de: petruscanisiusparochie.nl

Jan Stuyt, SJ, translated from Dutch by T.P. The Church has the mission to preserve the life of the earth.  She defends the unborn life.  But what if there will not be any habitable earth in the future? Herman Philipse, professor of philosophy at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, recently wrote an...
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Of pig skulls and seminarian-shamans: Identity and the middle ground

15 November 2012
La ciudad de Cambulo en Banaue, Ifugao, Norte de Filipinas. Foto de: Mark Lopez

Scholastic Mark Lopez, SJ More than any of our lectures or readings in our course on Doing Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples with Father Jojo Fung, SJ, four people impressed upon me the challenges and the fruitfulness that await those who tread this path of learning, theologizing, and struggling to find the...
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Silent spring to silent transformation: Six reasons for our environmental concern

30 October 2012
La Primavera silenciosa por Rachel Carson fue publicada hace 50 años en el septiembre de 1962. Foto de: Sterling College

Jaime Tatay, SJ This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, a book written by Rachel Carson that prompted the concern about the environment in developed countries, exposing the dangers of pesticide use in farming, wildlife, and people’s health. Since the American biologist first drew attention to the effects of industrial...
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The Second Vatican Council and ecology

15 October 2012
Foto de: vatican2.org

The Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council or Vatican II, arguably the most important event in the contemporary history of the Catholic Church.  Pope John XXIII convened the Council to adapt (aggiornar) the Church to a world that appeared new and surprising.  Instead of the European...
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