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August 1st, 2017

Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that.  

By Charles Mathewes and Evan Sandsmark July 28 in the Washington Post Charles Mathewes is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on religion, politics, and ethics. Evan Sandsmark is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. With a billionaire real estate tycoon occupying America’s highest […]


August 1st, 2017

A Tour de Force from Tony Annett

The extent and vitriol of the pushback from the highest echelons of American right-wing Catholicism only shows that the authors Spadaro and Figueroa have hit a nerve. By Anthony Annett in La Croix, July 29, 2017 Pope Francis accepts an issue of La Civilta Cattolica from Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ / CNS photo Over a decade ago, I was one of the co-founders […]


July 31st, 2017

Pope Francis to the PASS: On fraternity, the commons, the meaning of action and work, and arousing new energy for fraternity, freedom, justice, peace and dignity for all

Message of the Holy Father to the Participants in the PASS Plenary Session Distinguished Professor MARGARET ARCHER, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences On the occasion of the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which has as its theme Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration, I express my […]


July 31st, 2017

Pope Francis message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Plenary Session, 2017 on fraternity, the meaning of action and work, and a new energy in history that tends to arouse fraternity, freedom, justice, peace and dignity for all

Message of the Holy Father to the Participants in the PASS Plenary Session Distinguished Professor MARGARET ARCHER, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences On the occasion of the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which has as its theme Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration, I express my […]


July 27th, 2017

A wordless genesis myth of wood, radiating a larger cosmogony of life, death, and the transcendent continuity between the two

An excerpt from a piece by Maria Poplova’s best books of 2016 Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the nature of the imagination and its three core faculties: “Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently… that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us.” This “discovering faculty” of the imagination, which breathes life into both the most […]


July 27th, 2017

2 Billion Could Become Climate Refugees From Rising Seas by 2100, Study Says

Weather.com – Science, 28 July 2017 An estimated 2 billion people be displaced from their homes by 2100 due to climate-driven rising seas, a new study says.Roughly one-fifth of the world’s population may become climate change refugees, according to Cornell University. The majority of those will be people who live on coastlines around the world, including about 2 million […]


July 25th, 2017

200 Environmental and Land-Rights Activists Murdered in 2016, Report Finds: The victims included protesters who pushed back against mining and oil expansion and deforestation, often to protect indigenous communities, Global Witness says.

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 13 July 2017 Jakeline Romero Epiayu, a Wayúu activist who has been protesting a coal mine in Colombia, has received death threats targeting herself and her family. “We are fighting for our lands, for our water, for our lives,” she said. Credit: Christian Mclaughlin Some 200 environmental and land-rights activists […]


July 25th, 2017

In Chile, many regard climate change as the greatest external threat

Fernando Rojas has spent his life living by a large lake in central Chile. About seven years ago it began to shrink, and now most of the water is gone. He holds a photo taken when the lake was full. Philip Reeves/NPR July 2017, National Public Radio, by Phillip Reeves Fernando Rojas is holding up […]


July 24th, 2017

Up to 50% of all individual animals have been lost in recent decades

The first reading yesterday/Sunday, from Wisdom, started with the statement that our God is the God who cares for all, everybody, every thing.  And we are making it difficult or impossible for many to live.   Scientists found that a third of the thousands of species losing populations are not currently considered endangered and that […]


July 24th, 2017

Starting from reality and life, exercising an apostolic influence over one’s peers, acting as a leaven in the church: remembering a leader

Stefan Gigacz, La Croix, July 24, 2017 Cardinal Cardijn’s decisive influence on Vatican II:  Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the “Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne” (JOC) or Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement. Two years before Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s death on July 24, 1967, Pope Paul VI had made him […]

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