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February 15th, 2018

Pope Francis: Lent is ideal time to unmask temptations. Distrust, apathy and resignation: these are demons that deaden and paralyze the soul of a believing people. Pause, see, and return.

Pope Francis: Lent is ideal time to unmask temptations. Distrust, apathy and resignation: these are demons that deaden and paralyze the soul of a believing people. Pause, see, and return.

La Croix International staff, Vatican City, 15 Feb 2018  Pope Francis has invited Christians during Lent to “pause” and experience the healing tenderness of God. “The season of Lent is a favorable time to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life and to receive the ever new, joyful and hope-filled proclamation of the Lord’s Passover,” […]


February 8th, 2018

At-one-ment, on Earth as it is in Heaven

At-one-ment, on Earth as it is in Heaven

At-One-Ment, Not Atonement Sunday, January 21, 2018, Fr. Richard Rohr The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus […]


February 6th, 2018

Mauricio Lopez and indigenous leaders plead for Church action to protect Amazon, indigenous landholders, and the environment

Mauricio Lopez and indigenous leaders plead for Church action to protect Amazon, indigenous landholders, and the environment

5 Feb 2018 by Julie Bourbon, Gail DeGeorge in NCRonline.  Environment This article appears in the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2018 feature series. View the full series. An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, Peru. (CNS/Reuters/Janine Costa) WASHINGTON — The importance of the Amazon basin to the […]


February 5th, 2018

Church-provided internet connectivity not only boosts development, it saves energy through saved travel

Church-provided internet connectivity not only boosts development, it saves energy through saved travel

Internet connectivity not only boosts development, it saves energy through saved travel and thus is a climate solution as well! Jan 6, 2018 by Melanie Lidman, Mary Lilly Driciru in NCRonline.org Fr. Samuel Okidi Mwaka, the social communications coordinator for the Gulu Archdiocese, uses a computer connected to the Bosco internet. (Lilly Driciru) ADJUMANI, UGANDA — If your internet is […]


February 5th, 2018

252-page curriculum designed to teach Laudato Si’ encyclical to ninth- to 12th-graders

252-page curriculum designed to teach Laudato Si’ encyclical to ninth- to 12th-graders

See Laudato Si’ curriculum links at the bottom of this page  https://publications.carmelitemedia.org/products/carmelite-ngo-curriculum-on-laudato-si-english-download-pdf In response to Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Carmelite Sr. Jane Remson initiated and helped create a 252-page curriculum designed to teach the encyclical to ninth- to 12th-graders. The curriculum aims to “lead young people to […]


January 27th, 2018

To follow Jesus, we must change our lives profoundly

To follow Jesus, we must change our lives profoundly

Mark tells us, “Change your lives.” How do I change my life? What are the values that I need to begin to live?  Homily given at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Detroit. The transcripts of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton’s homilies are posted weekly to the National Catholic Reporter.  What inspiring homilies are you hearing?  Are your priests and leaders […]


January 27th, 2018

Putting The Sister In Solar: The Movement Bringing Women Out Of Energy Poverty

Putting The Sister In Solar: The Movement Bringing Women Out Of Energy Poverty

27 Jan 2018 cross-posted from The Beam. If anyone knows stories of how churches are involved, please let us know! “If energy poverty were a person, it would be a woman,” says Olasimbo Sojinrin, Country Manager of Solar Sister Nigeria.  And in rural Tanzania, just 7% of people have access to power and approximately 70 million […]


January 24th, 2018

“The indigenous peoples of the Amazon want to tell all of humanity that we are worried because due to the consequences of climate change”

“The indigenous peoples of the Amazon want to tell all of humanity that we are worried because due to the consequences of climate change”

Pope Francis heard testimony from three members of different Amazon tribes. Héctor Sueyo and Yésica Patiachi of the Harakbut people spoke passionately about the pressure their peoples are under.  “We ask that you defend us!” Patiachi told Francis, to wide applause from the crowd. Sueyo said they had a warning for the world: “The indigenous peoples of the Amazon want to tell all of humanity that we […]

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