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World in need of ecological conversion to advance sustainability

VATICAN (CNS): “For a correct shift toward a sustainable future, we must recognise our errors, sins, faults and failures, which leads to a heartfelt repentance and desire to change; in this way, we will be reconciled with others, with creation and with the Creator,” said Pope Francis at the three-day international conference, Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor, on March 8 at the Vatican.
 

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Greening the Christian heart

Brother William Ng OFM
 
The concept of ecological conversion—the idea of creating a global community that both cares for one another and the planet—could very well have come from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.
 








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Eco-danger

MANILA (UCAN): If people could be removed from The Philippines its natural environment would become a much more friendly place, as for several years now it has been the deadliest country in Asia and one of the most dangerous in the world for those who work to defend the land against human destruction.
 
A report titled Defenders of the Earth, released on July 14 by the London-based Global Witness, notes that at least 28 pro-environment advocates were killed in The Philippines during 2016.
 

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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.