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Lenten Reflections on the Environment March 5th, 2014

I THIRST: A LENTEN JOURNEY FROM DESERT TO GARDEN by Terri MacKenzie (download PDF)

Scripture quotes from the readings for the Sundays of Lent are explored in light of various Earth concerns: water, air, soil. Sessions include input, prayer, silence, discussion, and action suggestions. Originally designed for use by groups, this resource could also be used for individual reflection.

 

 


Congratulations to Greens of Guadalupe! November 24th, 2013

20131030_161057 (1)The Greens of Guadalupe environmental group in Laredo, Texas was awarded “The Green Community Award” for the month of October by Keep Laredo Beautiful and CW (Laredo’s green TV station).

The plaque presented to the Greens of Guadalupe reads:

Community Green Award: Honoring – Greens of Guadalupe

For their continued efforts in “Greening” our Community through Recycling, Community Beautification Improvement and Litter Prevention Education.

Commitment and Dedication of this business is a tribute to our environment and the citizens of our Community.

Thank You for your efforts to Keep Laredo Beautiful!

Greens of Guadalupe was formed in March 2007 after the late Fr. Darrell Rupiper OMI preached a workshop on integrity of creation to parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Laredo, Texas.

Great work by chairperson Ms. Birdie Torres and the team!!


Learn about Oblate JPIC Work in Zambia! April 30th, 2013

Fr. Chibesa Chishimba, OMI recently visited the JPIC office in Washington DC where he talked about JPIC work in Lukulu, Zambia. Fr. Chibesa is the priest in charge of Sancta Maria Catholic Church in Lukulu. In this video interview, he talks about their work to support children into schools, promote tree planting and advocate for better public services.

 


In Gratitude for Pope Benedict XVI February 27th, 2013

pope benedict xvi“In this world of ours, in which, despite the profession of good intentions, the value of the person, of human dignity and human rights is seriously threatened by the widespread tendency to have recourse exclusively to the criteria of utility, profit and material possessions, it is important not to detach the concept of justice from its transcendent roots. Justice, indeed, is not simply a human convention, since what is just is ultimately determined not by positive law, but by the profound identity of the human being. It is the integral vision of man that saves us from falling into a contractual conception of justice and enables us to locate justice within the horizon of solidarity and love. ” – Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Day of Peace, Educating Young People in Justice and Peace, 1 January 2012

These quotes reveal the Holy Father’s deep concern for the environment and the importance it plays in the lives of people:

“Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.” (Address to Religious and Scientific Leaders, September 1, 2007)

“My dear friends, God’s creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity.” (World Youth Day, June 2008)

“Creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works and its preservation has now become essential…It is imperative that humankind renew and strengthen that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards we are journeying.” (If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation, January 2010)

 


Climate Change: A Priority for the Holy See January 24th, 2013

Since 2009, Pope Benedict XVI has explicitly supported the idea of an international treaty through the United Nations to address climate change.  The Holy Father has offered this support in his 2009 Message to the Climate Change Summit, 2010 Message to the Diplomatic Corps, and his Angelus on November 27, 2011.

For 2013, it appears that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will make an international agreement a top priority as well.  According to the Associated Press, one of his chief concerns in 2013 will be securing a binding international agreement to address climate change: Climate change is fast happening – much, much faster than one would have expected [. . .] Climate and ecosystems are under growing strain [. . .] I will do my best to mobilise the political will and resources so that the member states can agree to a new legally binding global agreement on climate change.

Climate Change is a priority for the U.S. President as well…

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2012 Fall/Winter JPIC Report Available November 8th, 2012

The Fall/Winter Issue of our bi-annual print newsletter is now available on-line. (Download the PDF)

This issue includes articles on Faith Consistent Investing, social justice education in Sri Lanka, campaigns against torture and the effort to ban conflict minerals, Oblate work in the Peruvian Amazon, faith-based principles for US immigration reform, JPIC network updates, the impact of climate change on the poor, the state of faith-based community organizing and the bountiful Oblate garden in Washington, DC.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and would welcome your feedback on the newsletter. Comments can be left below.

 

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