Caritas representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean met in Honduras in early February and discussed how the church can recover and transfer the wisdom of indigenous peoples to other societies.
From Pope Gregory XIII’s observational tower built in the Vatican Gardens in the 16th century to Pope Leo XIII, who officially re-founded the Vatican Observatory in the late 19th century, popes have kept their eyes fixed on the heavens.
For Molly Burhans, 28, a map represents more than a way to identify a geographic locale; each location on a map represents complex layers of data that can be used to respond to human needs and protect fragile ecosystems and studying the challenges facing the church.
Less than two months after Pope Francis spoke out about environmental destruction in the Amazon basin during a visit to Peru, bishops from Latin America and the Caribbean have issued a pastoral letter calling the region’s Catholics to an “integral ecological conversion.”
The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s new environmental justice initiative, known as EJ 2020, was praised in a Nov. 4 statement from Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
When Sisters Aine O’Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect sacred Sioux lands in North Dakota from a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline project, they knew they had to respond.