Diocese of Kakamega, Kenya: Tree Nursery in Response to Laudato Si’
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Diocese of Kakamega, Kenya: Tree Nursery in Response to Laudato Si’

Dubbed “The Model Tree Nursery,” the project has been established on the diocesan farm as one of the undertakings of the 42-year-old diocese “to participate meaningfully in dialogues and actions that result in a well conserved environment,” Mr. Ambei said. The diocese, which currently has 41 Parishes also runs the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega School…

Philippines: Making ‘Laudato Si’ Work in a Parish Garden
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Philippines: Making ‘Laudato Si’ Work in a Parish Garden

“I want to prove that it is possible to plant vegetables in an urban community or in your own home despite the absence of a backyard or a piece of land,” he said. The urban gardening project, which he called “Project Grace,” started after the Philippine government imposed a lockdown in the national capital to…

The Post-Covid-19 World – A Penetrating analysis
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The Post-Covid-19 World – A Penetrating analysis

From the outset, too, long-term questions were emerging about the ‘post-Covid’ world. Such questions risk wishful thinking. Will the world indeed ‘emerge from crisis’, or are we now compelled to recognise that the concept of a ‘crisis-free existence’ is mere complacency? A public health specialist estimates that, even given a promising new treatment for those…

Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections
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Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year: A Call to Decolonise Botanical Collections

We like to think that things get better over time. But as the Black Lives Matter movement has rightly shown, change happens too slowly, or is superficial, or doesn’t happen at all. In my own field of research, you can see an imperialist view prevail. Scientists continue to report how new species are “discovered” every year, species…

Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona
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Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona

These corona times mean that I have a lot of time for the garden and presbytery. A working group has now been formed for the garden to turn the walls of the presbytery garden into an exhibition of paintings. There is also an Our Lady’s chapel against the large tree in the middle of the…

Laudato Si’ Year: 24 May 2020 – 24 May 2021
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Laudato Si’ Year: 24 May 2020 – 24 May 2021

After praying the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis recalled the fifth anniversary of his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ On the Care for our Common Home.’ He said the document sought to “call attention to the cry of the Earth and of the poor.” The Pope then invited everyone to take part in the Laudato Si’…

Laudato Si’ Week: An Indian Perspective
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Laudato Si’ Week: An Indian Perspective

“This pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have also been a time to see and marvel and many ways that nature is healing. Beautiful snowcapped mountains can be seen from a distance, beautiful and rare birds are singing in the trees, dolphins are swimming close to our shores and deer and other animals are being sighted….

Laudato Si’ Week: Four Key Themes
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Laudato Si’ Week: Four Key Themes

As Laudato Si’ celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, its central message in addressing issues of our common home has never been more relevant now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, explains why by highlighting four key themes that have emerged. Source:…

Laudato Si’ Week: ‘Creation is the First Epiphany of God’ – Kenya Nuncio Bert van Megen
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Laudato Si’ Week: ‘Creation is the First Epiphany of God’ – Kenya Nuncio Bert van Megen

“Creation is God’s first and primordial revelation. Creation is, indeed, the very first epiphany of God,” the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen said Monday, May 18 at the Nairobi ceremony, which was live streamed on Facebook. “Pope Francis continually shows how Laudato Si’ is animated by the spirit of…

Laudato Si’ Week: Fossil Divestment
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Laudato Si’ Week: Fossil Divestment

The global divestment announcement comes at the start of Laudato Si’ Week, a global commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches deputy general secretary, said: “We reiterate the urgent concerns of Christians around the world in relation to…

Laudato Si’ Week: Extracts from Encyclical on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology
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Laudato Si’ Week: Extracts from Encyclical on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology

I do not want to write this encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and…

Laudato Si’ Week: Daily Meditations on ‘the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor from a Franciscan Perspective
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Laudato Si’ Week: Daily Meditations on ‘the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor from a Franciscan Perspective

To mark the fifth anniversary of his encyclical Laudato Si′: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis has declared May 16–24 “Laudato Si′ Week.” [1] The Daily Meditations this week will focus on how Franciscan spirituality impels us to act in response to “the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.” I must admit…