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Palawan, Philippines: Interfaith Clean-up

“This interfaith project is our little way to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth, our common home,” Palawan Bishop Socrates Mesiona said in a statement. “Common home means all peoples, regardless of religion or religious affiliation, the earth is the home of all mankind. So, all of us must take care…

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Care of Creation: Message of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has issued a message to Orthodox bishops and faithful, calling for a renewed commitment to protecting the environment. His message comes on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, which also marks the beginning of the Byzantine ecclesiastical year. The Day of Prayer…

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Pope Francis: Applying Gospel Message to Big Questions of our Age

Over the last four Wednesdays in August, Francis has focussed his audiences on the pandemic, peppering his reflections with economic messages designed to make world leaders sit up and think. And he’ll be continuing in this vein over the coming weeks.  His reflections are not designed to offer policy proposals or support any political program….

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Pope Video: Respect for the Planet’s Resources

We are squeezing out the planet’s goods. Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange. Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.” Who is going to pay this debt? In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals…

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Sunday Reflection: Transformation, Discernment

It is difficult to follow Christ, very much so, in Matthew 13 we have Jesus tackling Peter’s avoidance of the consequences of following the Good News. Not for the first time Jesus rebukes Peter for his lack of discernment, his moral cowardice in wanting to avoid the confrontation against evil which must come. In verse…

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Andhra Pradesh, India: Chief Minister in Defence of Dalits and Minorities

The chief minister of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said his government will not tolerate police brutality against Dalits. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s remarks came after a series of incidents in which Dalits were abused by police and a Dalit youth lost his life due to police action. “Dalits and minorities are always…