Tag Archives: Catholic church

Vatican Calls for Climate Change Commitment

  From commencement of his Pontificate, Pope Francis stressed protection of the environment as against man’s greedy exploitation of it to the detriment of others.[1] At the UN Climate Summit, Cardinal Parolin reiterated the moral imperative to act to protect and value creation for the good of present and future generations.[2] Climate change, His Eminence […]

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Holy See Urges Greater Accessiblity and Affordability for Medicines and Diagnostic Testing

In a statement to the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Tomasi urged a ‘creative and innovative approach’ to intellectual property rights so that ‘the right to health for all people without any form of discrimination can be fully […]

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Educating Young People in Justice and Peace

In his annual message for the World day of Peace, Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his conviction that the young, with their enthusiasm and idealism, can offer new hope to the world, and highlighted the importance of educating the young for justice and peace. Benedict notes the responsibility of learners to be open to being […]

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Holy See Calls for Reform of Global Finance

Cardinal Peter Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Bishop Mario Toso, Secretary to the Council together with Leonardo Becchetti, professor of political economy at the Roman University of “Tor Vergata” recently spoke at the presentation of a Vatican statement on the current global financial crisis entitled  “Towards reforming the international […]

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Tar Sands Project Not Morally Justified

So disturbed by ruin of the region, Alberta’s Catholic bishop has written a lengthy letter arguing that the tar sands development “cannot be morally justified.” David Ebner, January 27, 2009, The Globe and Mail — The oil sands, hated by environmentalists and buffeted by plunging oil prices, now face the opposition of a representative of […]

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Rome Conference of Catholic NGO’s

Edmund Rice International participated in the forum for Catholic-inspired Non-Government Organizations working with the UN which was held in Rome last month.

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Talking with the 'enemy'?

I have followed with some interest the furor in the US surrounding the invitation to President Obama to speak next month at Notre Dame University, one of the leading Catholic educational institutions in the United States. The invitation seems to have divided Catholics with on the one hand some, including more than a few bishops, […]

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Zambia Bishops Speak Out

Zambia remains one of the better governed countries in Africa. At least its institutions of governance work by and large. However, corruption remains an issue despite some gains. Zambia’s courts have handed down some tough rulings against corrupt officials from previous administrations. This has been interpreted by some as a positive indication of a commitment […]

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Excommunications Dangereuses

You may remember the film Liaisons Dangereuses. Well, it seems that another equally dangerous territory is that of papal and episcopal excommunications. Relationships, breakups, liaisons, are by definition and experience fraught with pain, danger, angst and stormy passages. In recent weeks we’ve seen the furore created by the papal lifting of the Lefebvrite excommunications, imposed […]

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An Issue of Child Rights

It is difficult not to view the recent excommunication of the nine-year old girl who had become involuntarily pregnant because of rape as a clear issue of the rights of the child. She was violated, a victim of male violence and further subjected to defamation on the part of the Church authorities in Recife, Brazil. […]

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