Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Pacific Affairs minister Aupito William Sio meets Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, November 27th, 2017
COP23

The Hon. Aupito William Sio has just returned from Europe where he had an audience with Pope Francis and represented New Zealand at COP23, the world’s most important climate change conference. The Māngere electorate MP, who won his seat for the fourth time with another massive majority, is now the Minister for Pacific People and Associate Read more

Fiji steals show at UN climate change talks Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

Fiji has turned a tiny part of Germany into a tropical Pacific island as it leads global negotiations on climate change, and so securing a stage for islanders’ worries about rising sea levels. Fiji is the first small island state to preside at UN climate negotiations since they began in the 1990s. The country’s chief Read more

Climate Change Minister James Shaw meets the Pope Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

The Minister for Climate Change James Shaw and Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio met with Pope Francis on Saturday. En route to United Nations COP-23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn, they took part in a Pacific Island Leaders Forum discussion with the Holy Father. The Pope received in audience the leaders of the “Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat” from the eleven island Read more

Fiji’s multi-faith declaration on climate change Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017
climate change

A group of faith-based organisations in Fiji have come together to draft and promulgate the COP23 Multi-Faith Charter. They have committed themselves to do more to help address the effects of climate change within their own faith communities, as well as make specific calls for increased ambition and action by Parties and non-state actors. The Read more

Caritas to tackle climate change on world stage Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Caritas Oceania, represented by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, will return to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference – COP 23 – to advocate for climate justice in Oceania and globally. Coming just after the launch of Caritas’ State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2017: Turning the Tide, Caritas will be Read more

If Pope Francis is a Catholic, what is Tony Abbott? Comments 3

Monday, October 30th, 2017

As David Marr reminded us in his 2012 Quarterly Essay, Political Animal: the Making of Tony Abbott, Abbott’s Catholicism was groomed by the highly charismatic and worldly Emmet Costello, the priest he met as a 16-year-old. It went on to flourish under the tutelage of Bob Santamaria. Abbott was and is on a mission from Read more

Callista Gingrich US ambassador to Rome Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Callista Gingrich is the United States’ new ambassador-designate to Rome, according to a statement from the US Embassy to the Holy See. The Senate confirmed her election with a vote of 70-23. News sources say Gingrich is a practising Catholic. She is the third wife of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who is Read more

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong … We are losing our interconnectedness Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017
interconnectedness

The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, has suggested that the sacred thread of connectedness in creation has been lost. He said this in a presentation Reweaving the Ecological Mat — Ecology and Development. This was part of a series of lectures organised by the Pacific Theological College’s Institute for Mission and Research, the University of the Read more

LGBT being blamed for bad weather in USA Comments 3

Monday, September 11th, 2017

End-Time preachers are blaming the bad weather in the USA on God’s wrath. Radio preacher Rick Wiles said Houston is underwater because it “boasted of its LGBT devotion.” Ann Coulter suggested it might have something to do with the city’s former mayor being a lesbian. “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston Read more

Funding climate change in the Pacific – where is the money going? Comments 0

Monday, September 4th, 2017
climate change

 It is important to “speak truth to power” and ask where climate finance is going says Julianne Hickey. Hickey, the director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, was speaking at the annual conference of the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) last month. “In the beginning, none of the climate finance was reaching the Pacific, let alone Read more