"Water belongs to us all. Nature did not make the sun one person's property, nor air, nor water, cool and clear."
GSR Today - In a scenario that plays out across the globe, Sr. Kathleen Melia was attacked outside her convent — violence some suspect was related to Columban sister's work with the Subaanen people in their battle against large-scale mining.
GSR Today: At the recent Justice Conference of Women Religious, you could have bottled the energy among more than 150 avid seekers of justice and eliminated several coal-fired power plants.
Participants at AMOR XVII in Yangon, Myanmar, said they would carry with them the message of ecological conversion and an affirmation of the meeting's importance in strengthening the work of religious in the region.
When Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Kathleen O'Hagan and St. Joseph Sr. Gretchen Shaffer arrived in Mingo County in 1976, nearly everyone was economically poor. Though four decades have passed since the pastoral letter by the Appalachian bishops, the region's underlying problem has not changed. Standards of living are higher, regulations have made coal mining cleaner, and unions have turned coal mining into safer, well-paying jobs, but the people still have little voice.
It is doubtful that we feel "made for these times." We may well wish that we had been born at another time, one more settled and secure.
Column - What a change in their surroundings — and their attitudes. Before, some of them thoughtlessly threw refuse about. Now these members of Young Catholic Students of Nigeria are happy to take positive action for their environment.
Each February, Notre Dame de Namur University remembers its most famous alumna: Sr. Dorothy Stang, an environmental activist who was shot to death February 12, 2005, in Brazil. This year, the commemoration on the Belmont, California, campus had fresh grief to process.
Contrary to what is stated in Laudato Sí, I don't see a "lack of interest" — in me or in anyone else in seeking solutions to the environmental crisis. What I see and experience is a sense of powerlessness, a feeling of being overwhelmed, a fear of being swallowed alive by forces far beyond what the average person can control.
After the Cold War, Catholic sisters and peace activists never entirely dropped the issue of nuclear disarmament. But now, rising international tensions and the election of Donald Trump have renewed worries about the proliferation and the nuclear threat to life on Earth.
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