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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

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Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters

September 8 is celebrated by Catholics as the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It should also be honored in a special way by all Americans. Thirty-six years before Patrick Henry issued his famous 1775 call to rebellion—“Give me liberty, or give me death!”—a group of Black Catholics proclaimed the same message,…

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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 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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Brazil: Renowned Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga Dies at 92

Casaldáliga was the Bishop Emeritus of the Prelature of São Félix do Araguaia and famous for his defense of the rights of the indigenous people of Brazil. Soon after being ordained a bishop, he published a pastoral letter titled “The Church of the Amazon in conflict with large landowners and social marginalization,” in which he denounced…

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75th Anniversary Hiroshima/Nagasaki – Film: Original Child bomb

Original Child Bomb is an hour long mixed-media documentary about the human cost of nuclear weapons. The film is built around seldom-seen archival footage of the nuclear devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The title refers to a poem by Thomas Merton, the pioneering mystic, monk, activist and author. With music by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mos Def. The…