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Nov 24th
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Pope Francis on Care for Creation

Pope Francis on Care for CreationEven though concerns about what was happening to our environment began to appear in Church documents as early as 1971, I have argued that the Catholic Church's teaching on ecology was certainly not a central element in its preaching of the Gospel of Jesus. This might be about to change during the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis.

Who Dressed You?

"Ma, I’m on the third floor. Help me."
Then the voice went dead. (A girl calling her mother after the clothing factory building collapsed in Dhaka)

The fashion parade at the Punchestown races this week and the latest horrific deaths of hundreds of men and women in a clothes factory in Bangladesh exhibited two aspects of the clothing industry that are seldom connected. The interviewer at the races feeds the curiosity of the viewing public by asking where the interviewee got his, her outfit. The interviewee’s answer goes no further than a local boutique or a clothing chain. They seldom make the connection between the outlet where they purchased the item and those whose hard labour in sweat-shop conditions manufactured it. The probability is that the outfit will be worn just for that day and then disposed of to a clothing bank.

Why Women Must End the Korean War

Recent  news has focused attention on the ongoing tensions on the Korean Pensinsula. 
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice btween the warring parties, but as these recent events shows the effects of the war still continue.
Foreign policy analyst Christine Ahn wrote an article published for International Womens Day entitled " Why Woman Must end the Korean War", and this prompted Columban Pat Cunningham to write the following reflection.
Pat has worked in South Korea for many years and is very active in the peace movement.

Los Pobrecitos

Los Pobrecitos"To be truly educated, you need a sense of history and the courage to examine yourself and the world, but you also need examples. You have to have direct access to examples. Good examples are the go-cart of good judgements." (Cornel West, Hope on a Tightrope) 

Marco Antonio Rubio is a Cuban American from Florida. But he is not just any Cuban American. He is a member of the United States senate and according to reports the darling of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. He is the son of Cuban immigrants, lives among Cuban immigrants speaks their language. His grandfather was allegedly an undocumented immigrant arriving from Cuba in 1962, as many Cubans were at that time and given permission to stay by the United States government rather than sending them back to communist Cuba.

From Columbus to Pope Francis...

Columban Bobby Gilmore reflects on an historic moment:

"Pope Francis 1, an outsider, comes with a potent DNA mix of Francis of Assisi and Francis Xavier. Can he blend those gifts and challenge the invented reality of an elite clerical few? Outsiders bring an energy that is creative in that it is liminal, on a threshold between the past and the present. It is stepping into a situation of uncertainty, as in a storm, that demands clear motivation, objective information, trustworthy networks and solidarity to take action. It is a journey of faith.

Francis will be bombarded by those who say; let’s go back to where we were. By others who say; let’s stay where we are. And others who say; let’s go to where we haven’t been before."
Missionaries -  we're just trying to match the generosity of those with whom we work and those who support us.

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