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New paths for environmental conversion in a world in crisis? Some elements for discernment

15 June 2020

Mauricio López Oropeza Ecojesuit shares this input by Mauricio López on 11 June 2020 for the Extended Council of Father General Arturo Sosa of the Society of Jesus on Universal Apostolic Preference No. 4 Reconciliation with Creation. Preamble: An apocalyptic hope In these days, just in a few months, life has changed drastically and...
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Water is life: Reflection for Laudato Si’ Week 2020 and beyond

8 June 2020

Sue Martin During Laudato Si’ Week 2020, the Australian Jesuit Province put out a challenge for all to learn, pray and take action for the sake of all of God’s creation. I took that challenge and reflected each day on one chapter of Aqua fons vitae-Orientations on Water: symbol of the cry of the...
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Everything is connected

15 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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