Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Church slams World Bank for funding coal projects in Philippines

Monday, April 29th, 2024

Church leaders and climate activists have found fault with international lending agencies, including the World Bank, for funding fossil fuel and coal projects in the Philippines. “We stand in solidarity with the communities which are hit by coal power projects,” said Father Warren Puno, director of the Ministry of Ecology in south-central Luzon. “This is Read more

Humanity is challenged to reconcile ecology and food security

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
Food security

At a time of climate change and unprecedented demographic growth, a researcher who analyses thematic themes such as the dynamics of globalisation and human security a calls for placing food issues at the heart of our policies. “We must not forget that 735 million people are in a state of chronic hunger and more than Read more

Israel-Palestine tragedy has simple solution

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

Nothing will ever be the same in the Holy Land after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel – and after Israel’s apocalyptic response. So said Francesca Albanese to a Catholic audience in Wellington recently. Albanese is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. But the Israel-Palestine issue has a simple solution, she Read more

Laudato Si’ deserves our attention

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
Laudato Si'

Perhaps you are wondering, “What is Laudato Si’ Week?” And for that matter, what does Laudato Si’ mean? Laudato Si’ is medieval Italian for “Praise be to you.” It is a quote from St. Francis of Assisi’s beautiful Canticle of the Creatures: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains Read more

What does it mean to believe in an ecological God?

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
Ecological God

Picture the Earth as seen in familiar photos taken from space. There it spins, a beautiful blue marble wrapped in swirling white clouds, luminous against the black background of endless space. We, humans, live here, as do millions of other species on and under the solid land, in the fresh and salty waters, and in Read more

Let’s not fail our biggest test

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Do you remember the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000? Did it make any difference in your life at the time? Has it had any lasting impact on your life and faith? Preparation for the Great Jubilee began on Nov. 10, 1994, when Pope John Paul II issued his apostolic letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente (As Read more

Why is Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecology?

Monday, October 5th, 2020
francis of assisi

For Catholics, Oct. 4 is widely recognized as the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Among the best-known and most venerated of the saints, Francis of Assisi has become synonymous in religion pop culture with brown habits, birdbaths and the blessing of animals on his feast day. But beyond pets, Francis is also known as Read more

‘The fragile world’: Church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis

Monday, September 16th, 2019

How does Pope Francis’ thinking about ecology compare with that of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI? Catholic teaching on ecology prior to Pope Francis In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment; Barbara Ward-Jackson Read more

Letter for life to Pope Francis

Monday, April 8th, 2019
Letter for life

Tēnei te mihi ki a koe a Pāpā Werahiko, te kaihautū o te waka o te Hahi Katorika,kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. Greetings to you Pope Francis leader of the Catholic Church. I write to you in light of a call from the global campaign organisation Avaaz, Letters for life on Read more

Eco-friendly Christmas decorations

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Before you head out to the shops to buy bags of shiny tinsel and plastic gold bells, consider these ideas for eco-friendly Christmas decorations you can make at home. Continue reading