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Stop the ecological holocaust cries Cardinal Bo

YANGON (Agenzia Fides):  “The world saw great holocausts in its history, the last was the nuclear holocaust in Japan. Now there are the first warnings of an ecological holocaust,” says Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of the Archdiocese of Yangon. 
 

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Will a wonder of nature be an environmental catastrophe?

It is one year since Pope Francis published the encyclical Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’) on 18 June 2015 and much of the initial attention from politicians, economists and environmentalist centred on what he would say about climate change.

What he did say is expressed in paragraph 23. The pope was clear, saying, “Very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing, a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”








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Endangered species can get a second chance

One of the great strengths of the encyclical, Praise Be: On care of our common home (Laudato Si), is its extensive treatment of the importance of biodiversity. Before the publication of the encyclical there had been little writing on biodiversity in Catholic social teaching.








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Ecological conversion and mercy

During the Jubilee of Mercy, seven churches have been designated in Hong Kong as places of pilgrimage where people can prepare themselves to receive God’s mercy.

In a document declaring the Jubilee, entitled The Face of Mercy, Pope Francis stresses that the Church should care for the welfare of the underprivileged and future generations.








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Delving into ecological conversion

What does ecological conversion look like? It is an important question for Catholics in the light of Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).

It was on my mind when I visited the site of the Paris negotiations, particularly since the conference focus was turning specifically towards action responses to climate change.








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Walking on the earth for the earth

HONG KONG (SE): “Meeting with these groups reminded us of the central dimension of our journey,” Yeb Saño, a former Philippine negotiator to the Conference of Parties on Climate Change, who is currently heading a people’s pilgrimage from Rome to Paris, said as his caravan of travellers was welcomed in Geneva after crossing from Italy into Switzerland.

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Catholic Climate Petition

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Climate Movement is collecting signatures from concerned people to petition world political leaders and representatives of various bodies at the upcoming United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change 21 to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11 to come to a an ambitious and binding agreement.

The petition has the endorsement of Pope Francis 

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People’s Pilgrimage in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): In what is being billed as a first for Hong Kong, the need for action on the environment has become an issue that is embraced by all faiths.

Over 250 people from the Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Baha’i, Sikh, Christian, Brahma Kumari and Hindu faiths gathered to walk for climate action in Lantau on September 28.

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Love our earth as our brothers and sisters

In early August, Pope Francis declared September 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Despite the short notice, the Church did manage to respond.

Christianity has a rich history in loving the earth. It has always advocated the simple life. In his encyclical, Praise Be: Care for our common home (Laudato Si), Pope Francis explores the natural world and environmental protection from a community point of view.

He extends a moral invitation to all people to protect our common home.