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Indonesia: Organic Farming and Renewable Energy

Climate change refers to significant changes in global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other measures of climate that occur over several decades or longer. The potential effects of global climate change include more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought in some regions, and an increase in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms. [read…]

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COP26: Success or Failure?

The final agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference left all parties in Glasgow uneasy. The US negotiator, John Kerry, commented that this discomfort is a sign of good negotiation, in which everyone’s voice was heard and partially accommodated. In the wake of the conclusions, many questions whether or not COP26 was a failure. [read…]

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COP26: Keeping Hope Alive

The COP26 in Glasgow begins in an atmosphere of great expectations. Two years have passed since the failure of the Madrid summit that preceded it, characterized by extreme climate phenomena in all parts of the world: unprecedented temperature peaks, devastating droughts and fires, melting ice and permafrost, catastrophic floods, and small island states increasingly threatened by erosion as sea levels rise. There is a deep awareness in the public opinion and pressure on the political class to act immediately and radically to contain the climate crisis. [read…]

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New Superior General of the Spiritans

The General Chapter of the Spiritans, taking place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania since October 3, has elected, on October 18, 2021, as its new Superior General, Fr. Alain Mayama, a member of the province of Congo Brazzaville and presently General Assistant in Rome.
Alain Mayama was born in Congo Brazzaville in 1971. He made his Perpetual Religious Profession in 1999. He was ordained priest in 2000. [read…]

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Philippines: Planting Trees Around the Watershed

We planted Acacia Auri seedlings in the watershed at Kamalig, Poog, Toledo City, Philippines.  This initiative aims to revive the source of water that supplies more than 100 households around the area. The older residents describe the flow of water from the tank as the size of a human head.  [read…]

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Paraguay: Addressing the Indigenous People Concerns

The Holy Spirit Indigenous Pastoral of Paraguay organized a virtual meeting with its partner of VIVAT International on September 30, 2021. The meeting was held at the right time, and it was very hopeful by considering the problematic social situation the indigenous communities are facing in Paraguay. [read…]

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Ethical Commitment to Care for Creation

As part of the celebration of the Time of Creation, the three Religious Congregations founded by St. Arnold Janssen participated in a webinar, in which they listened to the cries of women and men who ask for action and coherence to stop the devastation of the Earth, the suffering of communities and families and climate change. In addition, the Religious joined the Mining Divestment Campaign to promote concrete alternatives from the Church. [read…]

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Poland: Fu Shenfu Migrant Centre in Warsaw

The SVD commitment to migrants and refugees began in the 1980s when foreigners came to Poland. In the early 1990s, migrants from Sri Lanka, Poland, and Afghanistan arrived. At the same time, more and more refugees and migrants were coming from Chechnya and Ingushetia, and African countries. They stayed in special centers for foreigners. [read…]