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Global Solidarity – October 2021

International Solidarity Days-October 2021October 1—International Day for Older PersonsInternational Day for Older Persons is celebrated on October 1st. This day was initiated by the United Nations in 1990 to honor the efforts of the elderly and the value they bring to society.  The theme for this year is “Digital Equality for All Ages.”  We recognize that access to information and participation in digital communication is essential for all ages, but especially for the elderly.  Too often, the elderly find themselves isolated from family and friends due to various physical limitations.  Digital communication, especially at this time of the covid-19 pandemic, [...]

Global Solidarity – October 20212021-10-06T21:21:44+00:00

JPIC Office Reflecting on the Events of 9/11/2001

Today (September 11, 2021) is a special day of reflection, not only on the events that happened on this day 20 years ago, but on the devastating actions and reactions that have happened since then and how these choices have changed our world. We recall that for a brief time after the violent attacks of 9/11, the world was united in solidarity and empathy for the victims and for our country. But the United States chose to respond with retaliation and revenge, which led to more violence and to wars that claimed thousands of innocent victims. On [...]

JPIC Office Reflecting on the Events of 9/11/20012021-09-13T23:50:17+00:00

JPIC Office Response to Afghanistan

September 2, 2021 As the US completes its formal military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, we need to reflect on what we have learned.  In his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, in paragraph 261, Pope Francis states unequivocally that every war leaves our world worse that it was before.  He urges us to listen to the stories of those who have suffered the violence of war and to look them in the eyes and open our hearts.  Only then can we begin to perceive the abyss of evil at the heart of war.  If we have learned anything [...]

JPIC Office Response to Afghanistan2021-09-02T21:36:32+00:00

Season of Creation 2021

A Home For AllRenewing the Beloved Community of God The Season of Creation is celebrated around the world and in many faith traditions. Pope Francis established the Season of Creation within the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar 2015. The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. Our theme for Season of Creation 2021 isA Home For All? Renewing the Beloved Community of God. The Earth, our common home, belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this community. The Earth [...]

Season of Creation 20212021-09-16T21:08:55+00:00

Global Solidarity – September 2021

September 1—World Day of Prayer for CreationSeptember 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, marks the beginning of the 6th annual, world-wide Season of Creation (SOC). Around the world, this season culminates on the feast of St Francis, the patron of ecology, on October 4th.  This year, the theme for the SOC is “A Home For All?— Renewing the Beloved Community of God”.  As we begin this special time of prayer, let us reflect on our common home.  Is the community of creation truly a home for all?  A home is a place of welcome.  Do we extend this [...]

Global Solidarity – September 20212021-08-26T22:08:18+00:00

Global Solidarity – August 2021

August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—76th AnniversaryThese days are for remembering the only two times that nuclear weapons have been unleashed during warfare. We also remember the horrendous immediate human cost, and the continuing long-term effects on global societies.  These weapons of mass destruction instantly obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people, mostly civilians.  Thousands more died in the following months due to burns, radiation sickness and other injuries, compounded by malnutrition and illness.  Many more continued to suffer and die from the long-term effects of radiation exposure over the next 20-40 years.  Since those two [...]

Global Solidarity – August 20212021-07-30T17:01:10+00:00

Global Solidarity – July 2021

 July 11—World Population DayJuly 11th, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population.  The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 7.9 billion in 2021.  As the world’s population continues to grow, the risks of pandemics increase, and human activities continue to threaten the climate of our planet.  Cooperation across borders, continents and states is necessary if these issues are to be addressed effectively.  Growing human populations require us to creatively address the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, the need for efficient food production and distribution, and ways to provide access to clean [...]

Global Solidarity – July 20212021-07-01T20:55:17+00:00

Global Solidarity – June 2021

June 5—World Environment DayThe theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Reimagine, Recreate, and Restore” with a focus on stabilizing the earth’s eco-systems.  Human activity and climate change are devastating Earth.  Every 3 seconds, a soccer field-sized patch of forest is lost.  Half of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed over the last century.  We have already lost over 50% of Earth’s coral reefs and the teaming diversity of life that they support. It is predicted that by 2050, over 90% of the coral reefs will be gone.  Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and reversing this damage – to go from [...]

Global Solidarity – June 20212021-05-28T17:02:07+00:00

Laudato Sí Week

“for we know that things can change” (LS 13)      Laudato Sí Week - May 16-24, 2021On May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of the encyclical, Pope Francis announced a Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year from 24th May 2020 – 24th May 2021.“I invite all persons of goodwill to adhere to it, to take care of our common home and our more fragile brothers and sisters”, said the Pope.Pope Francis urges all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor, and future generations. His encyclical [...]

Laudato Sí Week2021-05-21T17:16:00+00:00
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