Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
By Scott Wright, CCAO Director
“Let us be renewed by God’s mercy. . . . Let us be channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” – Pope Francis
This month’s E-Bulletin is focused on care for creation and environmental justice. For many years now, Columban missionaries throughout the world have witnessed the destructive impact of fossil fuels and global warming on the communities and people with whom they work and live.
As we were putting together these articles, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, devastating villages and communities in its wake, and bringing with it a tragic loss of at least 10,000 people. In our E-Bulletin, Columban Father Sean McDonagh, who served many years in the Philippines, shares his reflections on these “heart-breaking scenes” of human tragedy.
A few years ago, Fr. McDonagh was honored for his life-long commitment to “raising awareness that there is a strong connection between global poverty and environmental degradation . . . and global warming as a moral imperative.”
May we all, by our prayers and by efforts to advocate with and on behalf of the poor and of creation, be worthy of this Gospel call, in Pope Francis’ words, “to protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”
Thank you for your advocacy and support!
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
A Changing Climate and the Communities that Are Harmed
By Carlo Chavarria, CCAO Intern
Columbans have seen the impact on how climate change has increased the number of refugees and migrants from Super Storm Sandy to the air pollution problems in China.
Devastating Typhoon in the Philippines and Dire Need for Progress on Climate Change
From witnessing the environmental effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, Columban father Sean McDonagh reflects on how this tragedy has affected creation in the communities where Columbans serve.
Call on Global Leaders to Address Climate Change in Warsaw
Right now global leaders are meeting in Warsaw for the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change. As we hold in our hearts the victims of Hurricane Haiyan, call on the U.S. government to help achieve a binding agreement that ensures sufficient climate financing to help mitigate the worst impacts and help countries adapt and cover the costs of climate related events.
Mining in Latin America
By Lucy Lu, CCAO Intern
The peace and dignity of every human person are put in jeopardy when transnational mining companies place their personal interests before the interests of the community and do not take responsibility for their actions.
Care for Creation: A Priority for the World Bank?
By Jane Ngugi, CCAO Intern
Development projects throughout the world have threatened the protection of creation and have caused environmental problems where Columbans serve.
Seeds of Hope
By Chloe Schwabe, CCAO Advocacy Associate
In the age of large and small farmers using genetically engineered seeds, Columbans work to advocate for organic agricultural practices to preserve food security for the most vulnerable populations.
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