» 10/30/2015, 00.00
Priest’s Laudato si’ online power point presentation finds wide audience
An online presentation of the encyclical by Fr Budi Prayitno, former director of Caritas Indonesia, is met with scores of positive comments by Catholics and non-Catholics. The aim is to “raise awareness about the future impact of climate change and help Indonesians better cope with it.” In the past, some “would poke fun at me,” he said. Not anymore.
Encyclical: "An irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed the Earth (1)
"Laudato sì, on care for our common home" opens with a very strong appeal to reject "the violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin," which "also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life". Climate change, access to water, biodiversity conservation challenges are "indispensable" for all humanity. In the Bible and in the Gospels "the correct reading: we are not lords but stewards of Creation."
18/08/2015 MYANMAR – ASIA
For Myanmar cardinal, Asian Churches are united behind Francis against climate change
Card Charles Bo celebrated the opening Mass of a two-day seminar of Asian bishops on climate change. Myanmar is a clear case of the consequences of global warming. In his homily, the prelate called on Catholics to defend the natural environment. Meanwhile, ordinary Myanmese continue their efforts to help victims of recent floods.
06/05/2016 15:00:00 VATICAN
Vatican message for Vesak: Christians and Buddhists must work together for "ecological education"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue calls on Buddhists to “cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.” Christians and Buddhists share the awareness that the "external deserts" are caused by "internal deserts", and that the eco-crisis is first and foremost "an ego-crisis."
28/05/2016 16:35:00 INDONESIA
Jakarta archbishop calls for conversion to meet the environmental urgency in country’s forests
In a pastoral letter, Mgr Ignatius Suharyo calls on the faithful to heed the plea in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. Pollution and deforestation have placed a huge burden on Indonesia’s environment. In the past 15 years, some ten million acres of forests have been lost. Working for the environment meets a moral call and needs new rules of conduct.
For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
Francis met this afternoon with some 70 mayors from some of the world’s major cities, who are in Rome for a conference on new forms of slavery and climate change, organised by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.
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