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Halting the path to extinction

halting the path to extinction

From the December 7th to 19th, scientists, rights advocates and delegates from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Canada to tackle one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues: the loss of biodiversity and what can be done to reverse it. For years, experts have sounded the alarm over how climate change and other factors are leading to an “unprecedented” ...

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Shoeless on Sinai to COP27

Shoeless on Sinai to COP27

From 6 to 18 November 2022, the governments who are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for the conference widely known as “COP27.” Sharm el-Sheikh sits on the Sinai Peninsula, the land held sacred by followers of Abrahamic religions as the place where God appeared to Moses and called him to ...

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Enough is Enough!

Enough is enough

I had the privilege of participating recently in the 2022 Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice.  This is the third such conference. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Enough is Enough! And it Needn’t Cost the Earth”.* We know that climate change raises issues of justice, and that the poorest people everywhere suffer first and most.  Intergenerational injustice acknowledges that ...

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A time for every season

A time for every season

Today, Tuesday October 4th the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi marks the end of the ‘Season of Creation’ which opened on 1st September, the ‘World Day of Prayer for Care of the Earth’. It has offered us a vital opportunity to stop, look, hear and pray with the beauty of the Earth and Life around us that radiates the ...

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The taste of bread

the taste of bread

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the city of Matera (Italy) on the 25th September at the conclusion of the 27th National Eucharistic Congress, reminding Christians there is no eucharistic worship without compassion for the poor. During his homily the Pope reflected on the Gospel of Luke which tells of the rich man and the poor Lazarus. Echoing the theme of ...

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God makes things grow

God makes things grow

“One does the planting, another the watering, but it is God who makes things grow” (1 Cor 3:6) It is out of such theology that Nano Nagle lived and prayed and worked. She generously gave her all, ‘all in her power’, trusting that her efforts in planting seeds would one day yield a harvest blessed by the ‘power of the ...

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Advocating for the least

‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’. “I have heard their cry … I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you … I will be with you” (Ex 3:1-12).   This theme for the Season of Creation 2022 focusses on listening to those voices, which are not heard. They include women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, migrants, youth, the economically marginalised and ...

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A new season

entering a new season

We are entering a new season in more ways than one.  As we move gradually out of summer and feel already the change of air and subtle sense of Autumn arriving,  our senses are awakened to the delicate and transient beauty of each season, as well as to the losses – life that can no longer be sustained and nature’s ...

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Protect & heal God’s creation

The Season of Creation begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and ends on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. Throughout the month-long celebration, we come together in an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for our common home. ...

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Day of Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August every year.  The theme for 2022 is: “The role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge”. “The vastness of this land makes us think of the lengthy path of healing and reconciliation that we are facing together.”     During  these days, reflecting on ...

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