Catholic perspectives on climate change and our responsibility to care for creation.

October 18th, 2017

Africa: one billion people, 55 countries, more than 2,000 languages

Africa: one billion people, 55 countries, more than 2,000 languages

Africa is not a country—but a continent with one billion people, living in 55 different countries, and speaking more than 2,000 languages. Yet a relatively narrow coverage of Africa and its people exists not only in mainstream media, but as a new research paper shows, in academia as well. Virginia Tech University analyzed 20 years […]

October 17th, 2017

Of the world’s 7000 languages, fully half may disappear within our lifetimes. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalog of the imagination that is the human legacy.

Language preservation is of particular concern to Catholics, not least because we were part of the dominant culture and efforts which sometimes contributed to wiping languages out, in the colonial era.  We can say this now, and consider what actions and reparations might help (toward language preservation) at the same time we appreciate many of […]

October 17th, 2017

What’s Pope Francis’ process with homilies?

Excerpt from America Magazine, Nov 2017 Francis revealed his method: “I begin at midday, the day before. I read the Scripture texts of the following day, and I choose one of the two. I then read aloud the text I have chosen. I need to hear the sound, to listen to the words. And then […]

October 17th, 2017

COP23 Interfaith Statement and Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate: Role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales

Our very own Allen Ottaro (from the GCCM Steering Committee) participated in the following Workshop on Inter-religious Action for a Sustainable Climate:  the role of Faith-Based Organisations in human behaviour change at different scales Event: ED12  11 September 2017, Agadir, Morocco, SALLE TAFOUKT, Hotel Atlantic Palace Speakers: Allen Ottaro (Kenya), Master Ren Da and Venerable Miao Hai (China), Lydia […]

October 17th, 2017

Helping others find their voice

From Global Sisters Report, Handing the pen to sisters: Uganda, October 2017 More than 20 sisters participating in an administration and leadership course take part in a Global Sisters Report writing workshop Sept. 9 in Kampala, Uganda. (GSR photo / Melanie Lidman) by Melanie Lidman, Oct. 16, 2017 in Ministry, Writing Workshops Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. […]

October 16th, 2017

Climate change, conflict and hunger are interconnected plagues causing suffering, displacement and migration

“It’s clear that wars and climate change cause hunger; let us stop presenting it as an incurable illness,” Pope Francis said in a powerful keynote address at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on Oct.16.  He called on governments worldwide to take collaborative action to overcome the three interconnected plagues of conflict, climate change […]

October 16th, 2017

The “great tradition of discernment” and evolution of Church Catechism: “A tradition, if it is not to die, must express its convictions in the language of the time: a language that will, therefore, be new”

By Céline Hoyeau, La Croix, 13 Oct 2017  Pope Francis recently stated that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and should be categorically banned. Speaking at a Vatican conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he clearly emphasized that “Tradition is a living reality”. “Only a partial vision can think of […]

October 16th, 2017

Puerto Rico update

Puerto Rico update, 16 Oct 2017:  As the daily struggle for food and water persists, President Trump threatened to cut off federal support to the U.S. territory on Thursday. After intense backlash, Trump reversed himself on Friday, offering renewed pledges of assistance.  The federal government has dedicated more than 19,000 personnel to emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico […]

October 13th, 2017

Climate change, debt, and recovery

 By Stan Cox and Paul Cox.  Originally posted on 4 Oct 2017 at Climate and Capitalism Donald Trump followed up his recent sadistic attacks on the people of Puerto Rico with a comment out of the blue regarding the territory’s $73 billion debt: “… we’re going to have to wipe that out.” Whether or not Trump can be […]

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