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May 9th, 2017

Pope speaks of colonization, the community of peoples, passing from an economy profiting from speculation and lending at interest, to a social economy that invests in persons

Our young people have a critical role. They are not the future of our peoples; they are the present. Even now, with their dreams and their lives they are forging the spirit of Europe. We cannot look to the future without offering them the real possibility to be catalysts of change and transformation. We cannot […]


May 9th, 2017

France rediscovers basic Christian communities

By Malo Tresca, in La Croix, 9 May 2017 – Grassroots organizing and reflection on the gospels.  Basic ecclesial communities (BEC’s), so prevalent in Latin America, are hardly present in France. “This is perhaps due to a type of fear, of reticence towards reforming and reinventing the priestly ministry,” says Fr Bertrand de Sentenac, from […]


May 9th, 2017

Northern tundra’s autumn carbon dioxide emissions increased 70% between 1975 and 2015, researchers find, blaming warming temperatures

Northern tundra’s autumn carbon dioxide emissions increased 70% between 1975 and 2015, researchers find, blaming warming temperatures

By Oliver Milman, in The Guardian, 8 May 2017 Alaska’s soils are taking far longer to freeze over as winter approaches than in previous decades, resulting in a surge in carbon dioxide emissions that could portend a much faster rate of global warming than scientists had previously estimated, according to new research. Measurements of carbon […]


May 7th, 2017

Open letter to Pope Francis on the ethical economy and creating meaningful collective workspaces for young people avid to devote themselves to the public good, from Michel Bauwens

On the church employing underused resources to assist the Great and necessary Transformation that is starting to take place today… In 2014, long-term public servant in commons theory and efforts to support start-up of cooperatives, Michel Bauwens wrote An Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy.  Bauwens has been invited to the Vatican twice […]


May 6th, 2017

Getting off noisy, polluting, transport intensive diesel fuel

Islands are some of the first places that have shown us how sensible it is to get off of fossil-fuel powered electricity generation.  Indian reservations may be the next.  17,000 Navajo families still lack electricity.  People of faith, including Sr. Joan Brown, a member of the Franciscan Action Network, GCCM, and Interfaith Power & Light […]


May 6th, 2017

Interfaith conference on ‘Laudato Si’ at Rome’s Lay Centre

The interview below is thanks to Vatican Radio and Allen Ottaro for sending it in! (Vatican Radio) Two years on from its publication, Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ continues to be a powerful point of reference for all people seeking to provide better protection of Planet Earth for future generations.The eagerly awaited document on ‘Care […]


May 6th, 2017

Notes on organizing, from the Bernie Sanders campaign…

The revolution will not be staffed.  The work is distributed.  Volunteers supervise volunteers.  Share! Big organizing is what leaders do in movements that mobilize millions of people. Not everyone in these movements is a leader, but in big organizing, volunteer leaders emerge by the thousands from every classroom, family, office and work area, neighborhood, and […]


May 6th, 2017

Pope Francis on laying the groundwork of a future of hope, and then cultivating hope

Pope Francis on laying the groundwork of a future of hope, and then cultivating hope

The Pope talked had two themes in his talk to the Pontifical College – preserving memory and cultivating hope.  Here is the conclusion of his remarks. Preserving memory, then, is not simply remembering the past, but laying the groundwork for the future, for a future of hope. If we do not preserve memory, we end up […]


May 5th, 2017

What would a Catholic Mission 2020 look like? How can Catholics successfully drive down emissions in our countries, worldwide, and wherever there is energy poverty?

In 2015, more than 190 countries and many thousands of non-state actors jointly resolved to safeguard and strengthen the social, environmental and economic fabric of life on our shared planet. Together we committed to manifesting a more prosperous, resilient and equitable world by 2030.  To be successful, we know emissions of greenhouse gases must begin […]

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