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January 17th, 2016

More highlights from the Pope’s address to diplomats

In his address to the diplomatic Corps, with regard to climate change and the COP-21 agreement, the Pope said:  “This significant accord represents for the entire international community an important achievement; it reflects a powerful collective realization of the grave responsibility incumbent on individuals and nations to protect creation, to promote a “culture of care […]


January 16th, 2016

Pastoral letter emerging from the front lines in Appalachia

Cross-posted from NCRonline.  Are local pastoral letters like this needed in every region? Pastoral letters tend to function as top-down, formal documents from Catholic bishops filled with instructions and moral directives. But for its next statement, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, a 44-year old organization devoted to social and environmental justice, is flipping that model […]


January 16th, 2016

Catholic youth say “we are standing on the precipice of climate catastrophe” and ask Vatican to divest from fossil fuels

Last fall, students from 83 universities asked the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.  Here is their letter. Most Holy Father, We write to you as young people, as constituents of Jesuit institutions, other Catholic, Christian, and religious institutions, and non-religious institutions as people of goodwill, on behalf of an entire generation. We are standing […]


January 15th, 2016

Pope Francis says we should avoid being led by devotion to idols and magical ideas; instead we should have faith and let in and be guided by those at the margins

Today with his homily on the First Reading from the Book of Samuel, which talks about the defeat of God’s people by the Philistines, the Pope asked”What led to this defeat?”  The people “grew distant from the Lord, they led worldly lives with the idols they had.”   And “the Lord left them to their own devices.” The […]


January 13th, 2016

The Pope is preaching ecological conversion — pleading for a change of life, ethics, seeing and solidarity with the mysterious network of relations between all things

A “Deacon Mike” sent in the following highlights from the Fall 2015 issue of Creighton’s University Magazine article on the encyclical …the Pope is preaching ecological conversion—pleading for a change of life at the individual level.  John O’Keefe, Ph.D., Theology What the Pope brings to the public debate, which I think is a game-changer, is ethics. […]


January 8th, 2016

Book recommendation and review: The Reproach of Hunger (and climate change connections)

If you ask Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Jeffrey Sachs and other well-known figures in the development world, we are just around the corner from eliminating global poverty and hunger. In his latest book, however, The Reproach of Hunger, David Rieff is far less sanguine. He argues that the mainstream stance, in which the marriage […]


January 8th, 2016

Unseasonal and unprecedented flooding, worldwide

Unseasonal and unprecedented flooding around the world drew the attention of Pope Francis during his last general audience of 2015 in Rome on Dec. 30. Noting several rain-driven crises, he said, “I invite everyone to pray for the victims of the calamities which in these days have befallen the United States, Great Britain and South […]


January 8th, 2016

Turkson stresses importance of business embracing the common good rather than profit

At his speech yesterday in Chile, Cardinal Turkson added his soft but firm pastor’s voice—once again explaining that Pope Francis and the Church both extol the vocation of business leaders while exhorting them to embrace the common good rather than optimizing profit at all costs. Pope Francis encourages a broadened sense of vocation, which gives […]


January 3rd, 2016

Laudato Si’ provides a guide to parish, school, or college film festivals

Sr. Rose Pacette writes in “Reflections for a Laudato Si’ film festival“which starts with a review of Mad Max and how it connects to Laudato Si’, issued around the same time.  She then goes on to outline how Laudato Si’ can easily form the basis of a film festival: In Paragraph 79 of Laudato Si’, […]

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