Social justice and environment

Laudato si’ has been billed by many as Pope Francis’ intervention in the climate change debate, but it is so much more than that, says Damian Howard SJ. In this detailed analysis of the Pope’s first encyclical, he sets the text in its cultural and political context, and asks how it fits into the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. How does this ‘exciting new synthesis’ of Catholic theology and the ecological movement have the potential to change our civilisation? Pope Francis’ long-...
Pope Francis
Laudato si’ has been billed by many as Pope Francis’ intervention in the climate change debate, but it is so much more than that, says Damian Howard SJ. In this detailed analysis of the Pope’s first encyclical, he sets the text in its cultural and political context, and asks how it fits into the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. How does this ‘exciting new synthesis’ of Catholic theology and the ecological movement have the potential to change our civilisation...
Palm Sunday 2015 in Managrú
A team of two Jesuits in formation and two Maronite sisters, from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Britain, travelled to the remote village of Managrú in Colombia to accompany the community in their celebration of Holy Week. A member of that team, Philip Harrison SJ, describes how he spent a Triduum like no other in the presence of a community devastated by poverty yet radiant with Easter joy. Managrú surprised us from the start, appearing suddenly out of the dense jungle vegetation. The...
Archbishop Denis Hurley
On the anniversary of the death of Denis Hurley, Paddy Kearney explains how the man who was Archbishop of Durban for 45 years is still having an impact on that city.  Why would Archbishop Hurley have approved of Pope Francis’ priorities for the Church, and how are those priorities finding expression in the mission of a new project? 13 February 2015 marks eleven years since the death of a man who, for 45 years, was Archbishop of Durban. This anniversary, in the centenary year of...
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The world meeting of grassroots movements ‘is a sign, a great sign’, Pope Francis declared when receiving their representatives in the Vatican on 28 October 2014. What do the expressions ‘popular or grassroots movements’ mean? Where did the idea of inviting them to the Vatican come from, and how did the meeting unfold? But most of all: what does this sign tell us about the direction that Pope Francis is proposing for the Church and the world? Michael Czerny SJ of the...
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One year after the death of Nelson Mandela, on 5 December 2013, Al Gini and Raymond Perrier offer a brief assessment of the extent to which Mandela’s legacy is discernible in South Africa today. In order to fulfil the ambitions of the anti-Apartheid movement, is it leadership or followership that South Africans most need? A little more than 20 years ago, a political miracle occurred. The Apartheid government in South Africa allowed a one-person, one-vote election to be held, and...
At a time when public discourse in the UK about immigration is increasingly driven by fear and negativity, it is more important than ever to give a voice in the debate to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, says Louise Zanre.  At the beginning of Refugee Week, 16-22 June 2014, she describes how Jesuit Refugee Service projects are attempting to do just that. The tone of the public debate about immigration in the UK has become increasingly hostile over the last twelve months. The...
St Joseph the Worker and Bob Crow
1 May is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a day on which the Church encourages us to celebrate the value of work, and the dignity and rights of workers.  These issues are already in sharp focus this week for Londoners, due to strike action by London Underground workers. John Battle asks to what extent the understanding of trade unions in Catholic Social Teaching matches that of the late union leader, Bob Crow. Any London-based readers are likely to be heading into the Feast of St...
On the doorstep of London’s Olympic Village, a new Jesuit centre is seeking to reach out to the residents of London’s most deprived borough. The Hurtado Jesuit Centre is named after a Chilean Jesuit saint who was canonised in 2005 and whose feast we celebrate on 18 August. Who was Alberto Hurtado and, sixty years after his death, how is his passion for justice being lived out in East London? Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga was born in January 1901, the first son of well-to-do parents. Within...

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