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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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Season of Creation: African Involvement

Scheduled to begin 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and conclude 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and the environment, this year’s event has been organized under the theme, “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.” “On 1st September, we will have…

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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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African Influences on Chinese Catholicism

Christians of all kinds are returning to the Middle Kingdom. But the Christian significance of the Afro-Chinese encounter is even more important, broader than the simple number of the newly baptized. Therefore, this article highlights a dimension that is rarely mentioned: it focuses on Africans who, as workers, students, diplomats or small businessmen, live in…

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Zimbabwe: Church Leaders in Southern Africa Express Support to Zimbabwe Bishops

“We continue to note with increasing concern the unabated situation of repression in Zimbabwe, resulting in increasing hardship and suffering to the citizens,” SACBC members say. They add, “The Catholic Church and its Bishops in Southern Africa stand in unconditional solidarity with you as leadership who are being targeted by the government and with masses…

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Nairobi, Kenya: Big Dreams in a Landscape of Inequality

Kenya has sometimes been described as a “hustler nation”. More than 80% of the population work in the informal economy, deriving incomes from hawking goods, fixing cars and working on construction sites. These are often precarious and piecemeal arrangements, impermanent and low-paid –characteristic of what has been called an era of jobless growth, in which…

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Pope Appeals for Dialogue in Nile River Dispute

Pope Francis said after the recitation of the Angelus on Saturday that he is “following with particular attention the situation of the difficult negotiations regarding the Nile between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.” He urged all parties to “continue on the path of dialogue so that the Eternal River might continue to be a source of life”,…