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The Climate Change Rally in London in June, credit: Ben Philipps
This Sunday, 29 November, thousands of people will come together at London’s biggest ever climate event. Among them will be supporters of Jesuit Missions and others from Jesuit works throughout Britain. The rally has been planned to take place just before world leaders meet for major climate change negotiations at a global summit in Paris: the 21st Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP21.The People’s Climate March London will demonstrate how much...
A Day Conference on Globalisation, Solidarity and Common Goods (combined with the launch of the book series ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics’ and marking its two first publications: Global Ethics and Global Common Goods by Patrick Riordan and Solidarity Without Borders: Ethics in the Globalised World, edited by Janusz Salamon)The conference will explore several moral philosophical questions related to the idea of good life in the context of globalisation. Bearing in mind the diversity of...
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On Friday 25 September, Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly in New York, whose members will be discussing many of the issues that the pope addressed earlier this year in Laudato si’. Climate scientists Ottmar Edenhofer and Christian Flaschland give a detailed analysis of the ground-breaking encyclical, its place in church tradition and its dialogue with current climate science. How is Pope Francis challenging the Church and the world? Pope Francis’ long-awaited...
Resources from EcoJesuit
Ecostream is an online ecology resource and reference system developed as part of Ecojesuit’s commitment to the Jesuit mission on Reconciliation with Creation and where ongoing initiatives and activities, programs and projects on ecology and sustainability of various Jesuit institutions and other communities around the world are shared.Ecostream provides an organized reference system for articles and other content that are grouped into specific categories such as agriculture, campus...
Pope Francis has set up in the Catholic Church a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.The Pope writes that the ecological crisis calls us to a profound spiritual conversion “whereby the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us.” He continues, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary...
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Faith-based discussions about ecological issues often revolve around a theme of stewardship, but Pope Francis has taken a different approach in his encyclical, says Henry Longbottom SJ. How does the ecological conversion to which Laudato si’ calls us compare with a movement in secular philosophy which advocates an environmental virtue ethics? There's a striking absence of ‘stewardship’ language in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato si’. The term,...
Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
"This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience yesterday, the day before his encyclical Laudato Si was published. "Mine is an appeal for responsibility ... I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit".The encyclical was launched at a press conference in the Vatican this morning. Among those who gave presentations was Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice...
Scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in yesterday’s Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.Addressing the campaigners in Farm Street Church Hall...
Laudato si’ has been billed by many as Pope Francis’ intervention in the climate change debate, but it is so much more than that, says Damian Howard SJ. In this detailed analysis of the Pope’s first encyclical, he sets the text in its cultural and political context, and asks how it fits into the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. How does this ‘exciting new synthesis’ of Catholic theology and the ecological movement have the potential to change our civilisation? Pope Francis’ long-...

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