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At least a political climate change

HONG KONG (SE): “This for us is something that we hoped would not have happened,” Peter Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the newly-formed dicastery for Integral Human Development, said in response to an announcement by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, that he would withdraw his nation from the Paris Climate Agreement.
 

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Science trumped by political fiction

HONG KONG (SE): Fake news is an art form, but while the expression may be new, the reality is far from a modern creation. It has travelled under various labels for centuries.

In 1906, Winston Churchill spoke of political inexactitudes in the parliament, a euphemism for circumlocution—or in plain language, a lie.

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Marrakesh ignores human rights at climate meeting

ROME (SE): A report released by Caritas describes the messages sent out by the various states represented at the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 held in Marrakesh in Morocco from November 7 to 18 as positive, but weak.

The Caritas report, which was released on November 22, says that the biggest disappointment is human rights continue to be sidelined, especially the rights of indigenous people, women, children and vulnerable communities.

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Farmers demand aid on Earth Day

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine environmental advocates and farmers marked Earth Day, April 22, with rallies in various cities around the country to demand government action in drought-stricken areas.

“The drought has worsened the poverty and hunger of farmers,” said Pedro Arnardo, a peasant leader from the southern region of Mindanao.

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Religious leaders pressure United Nations

NEW YORK (SE): An Interfaith Climate Statement to World Leaders was presented to the secretary general of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, at a ceremony held in the Chapel of the Church Centre for the UN in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, New York, on April 18, four days prior to the scheduled signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted last year on December 12.

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The oceans may produce more than a high tide

In recent years, we have become more and more aware of how vulnerable our oceans are to climate change. The Arctic Ocean is capped by frozen seawater, called sea ice. This melts during the Northern Hemisphere spring and summer months.








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Human rights for victims of climate change

The anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last December 10 reminds us that migrants fleeing war and the economic effects of climate change have rights that must be respected.

The growing intolerance towards these unfortunate people is detestable and must be contested and denounced. 








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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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A year of tightening screws on freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The year 2015 opened with an appeal from Pope Francis to use shopping habits to help make peace. He pointed out that a modern form of slavery exists in the sweatshop, which sows the seeds of tension across the world and discerning shopping is part of addressing this.

While the topic of climate change and protection of the natural environment has been on the world agenda for years, it had never raised much more than a ripple in the Church.

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Paris may cool the air but freeze ambition

HONG KONG (SE): Reflecting on the agreement made by world leaders at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change on December 12 at his midday talk on December 13, Pope Francis drew a connection between the Ministerial Conference on World Trade that was scheduled to be held in Nairobi on December 15, as well as with the opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy in cathedrals around the world.

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