A beach at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Shomitro Kumar Ghosh on Unsplash
Posted in Faith and the Environment Features | Commentary

The Covid-19 pandemic and our ecological sins

Rock Ronald Rozario In mid-April, a biologist filmed a heart-warming video of a jellyfish gliding…

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Ecological sin: Idea of updating catechism sparks debate
A worker in Krefeld, Germany, sorts used nonrechargeable lithium-ion batteries in preparation for recycling. File photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis’ announcement that the Catechism of the Catholic Church would be updated to include a definition of Read more

Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

Italy goes back to church post-lockdown
A book and hand sanitiser are at the entrance of San Polo church in Brescia, Italy, on July 9. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Bishops will need to help their communities participate more in parish life and return to taking part in Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
People wearing face masks line up and wait to enter a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on July 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, a new, eight-page reflection the Pontifical Academy for Life, notes that Read more

Duterte’s SONA address less than inspiring

MANILA (SE): On July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) spending about Read more

Call for action as hunger rate rises
Red Cross volunteers working in a mobile kitchen in Rome's Portuense neighbourhood, preparing pasta for the homeless and the poor on April 3. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) called Read more

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The waters of the Mekong River struck record low levels amid massive dam construction. Photo: UCAN/Luke Hunt
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China denies its dams cause low water levels in Mekong river

BANGKOK (UCAN): The Chinese embassy in Bangkok dismissed the findings of a new United States-backed…

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Vietnam told to sue China over marine incursions

HANOI (UCAN): “We strongly condemn China’s illegal actions (in Vietnam’s waters and islands),” a group of eight civil society and Read more

Concerns raised over resuming China-backed dam
The Irawaddy River below the dam site at Myitkyina. Photo: Colegota/Wikimedia CC BY-SA 2.5 ES

MANDALAY (UCAN): Church officials in Myanmar and displaced Kachin villagers have expressed unease over restarting the China-backed Myitsone dam project Read more

Development and the environment in China
China Bridge

Environmental problems and the climate crisis gained the spotlight again when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s 2019 Person Read more

Philippine bishops oppose eco-hostile dam project
Tribesmen search for food in a river which tribal people claim is being threatened by the building of the Kaliwa Dam. Photo: UCAN/Pau Villanueva

MANILA (UCAN): “For the sake of the common good, we strongly recommend that ecologically sustainable alternatives be carefully considered,” The Read more

Lantau project a threat to environment

A prayer meeting for the creations at Tamar Park on September 18. HONG KONG (SE): During a prayer service at Read more

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An area deforested by illegal gold mining in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios, Peru. File photo: CNS/Reuters
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Vatican announces Laudato Si’ anniversary year

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican announced on May 16 that it will commemorate the fifth anniversary…

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Promoting Laudato Si’ in the Philippines
Father Edwin Gariguez. Photo: UCAN/Mark Saludes

MANILA (UCAN): Church and civil society groups in the Philippines have entered into a partnership dubbed Eco-Convergence to promote the Read more

You slap nature and she will give you one
An image of the bronchitis virus, part of the coronavirus family that includes the common cold, SARS and MERS. They have a halo, or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under an electron microscope. Photo: CDC/Public domain

POPE FRANCIS PUBLISHED Laudato Si’, the first-ever papal encyclical on the environment, in 2015, mincing no words in his harsh and Read more

Querida Amazonia is not just about Amazonia

Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation, has just seen the light. There is no other papal document in the recent Read more

Covid-19 outbreak: A time to reconcile with the Earth and God

IN HIS MESSAGE for Lent, Pope Francis calls for reconciliation with God, which bears some significance for Hong Kong as the Read more

Save our rainforests say Indonesia’s religious leaders
Bishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono signs the joint declaration by religious leaders at the launch of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Indonesia on January 31. Photo: UCAN/Katharina R. Lestari

JAKARTA (UCAN): Religious leaders in Indonesia have committed to protecting the country’s rainforests, the third largest in the world, by Read more

Development and the environment in China
China Bridge

Environmental problems and the climate crisis gained the spotlight again when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s 2019 Person Read more

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Tribesmen search for food in a river which tribal people claim is being threatened by the building of the Kaliwa Dam. Photo: UCAN/Pau Villanueva
Posted in The Philippines

Philippine bishops oppose eco-hostile dam project

MANILA (UCAN): “For the sake of the common good, we strongly recommend that ecologically sustainable…

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Environment clearance for controversial Philippine dam project
Indigenous Dumagat people from Quezon and Rizal, together with the Stop Kaliwa Dam Network, protest against the mega-dam project. Photo: UCAN/supplied

MANILA (UCAN): The controversial China-funded Kaliwa Dam project in the northern Philippines which threatens to displace thousands of tribal people Read more

China denies its dams cause low water levels in Mekong river
The waters of the Mekong River struck record low levels amid massive dam construction. Photo: UCAN/Luke Hunt

BANGKOK (UCAN): The Chinese embassy in Bangkok dismissed the findings of a new United States-backed study that has laid the Read more

Lantau project a threat to environment

A prayer meeting for the creations at Tamar Park on September 18. HONG KONG (SE): During a prayer service at Read more

Duterte’s SONA address less than inspiring

MANILA (SE): On July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) spending about Read more

Philippine police disturb Mass at Quiapo church to grab publicity material
Quiapo Church. Photo: Public domain

MANILA (UCAN): Video footage showed at least two policemen accosting churchgoers at at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Read more

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Father Hasan speaking to farmers in East Nusa Tenggara. Photo: UCAN/supplied
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Indonesian priest leads crusade against climate change

The bitter experience of dealing with a broken generator when working in St. Damian Parish…

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Covid-19 cluster shock for Jakarta churches
A parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral washes her hands before entering to attend Sunday Mass on July 12. Photo: UCAN/Katharina R. Lestari

JAKARTA  (UCAN): A member of Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, said new clusters have emerged in several areas Read more

Priests and workers catch Covid-19 in Indonesian diocese

JAKARTA (UCAN): Three priests from the Diocese of Purwokerto, in Central Java, Indonesia, and two diocesan employees are self-isolating after Read more

Pandemic brings added misery for Indonesian children
Indonesian children celebrate National Children's Day on July 23 in an activity held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: UCAN/courtesy of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than half of Indonesia’s almost 80 million children have been the target of verbal and physical abuse Read more

Livelihood and people before profits Indonesian lawmakers told

JAKARTA (UCAN): Priests and advocates in Indonesia are seeking the support of the nation’s lawmakers in fighting the granting of Read more

Papuan priests join in denouncing racism
Father Bunay, coordinator of the Papua Peace Network. Photo: UCAN/Photo supplied

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 50 indigenous priests in five dioceses across Indonesia’s Papua region have denounced all acts of racism, Read more

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