Every woman in this story is confoundedly non-descriptive. Short hair, often grey. Conservative dress. Unmarried; soft-spoken. Most are well into their seventies, and all will tell you that their way of life is dying out. They will also tell you, with surprising conviction, that the world is in peril.
They are Roman Catholic sisters, from a variety of orders—Dominican, Mercy, Passionist—but don’t think Whoopie Goldberg or a young Sally Field. While many of their aged peers are living out their days in quiet convents, these women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon. They’re as well-versed in solar and geothermal technology as they are in the Gospels of Luke and John, and some wear Carhartts and work boots like they’re habits. At the heart of the women’s action is a belief that the changing climate and world demand a new kind of vocation – that Ave Marias won’t cut it anymore, but maybe clean energy will. Called Green Sisters, or Sisters of Earth, they are pushing the bounds of their tradition toward a new, and deeply spiritual, kind of environmentalism. Continue reading Nuns With a New Creed: Environmentalism→
Little mention has been made of justice for the 1,300-odd people that lost their lives in the post-electoral ethnic violence which Kenya’s two leaders are accused of masterminding in early 2008. The deferral suits everyone apart from the victims.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) may have to wait to try its first sitting head of state after all. The prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, remains in the balance less than a month before his trial is due to open in The Hague. A resolution passed on October 12th at a meeting of African leaders at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, demanded immunity for the continent’s leaders while in office. This has raised the pressure on the court and its backers. The UN Security Council must now decide whether to ignore the African demands or use its power to defer Mr Kenyatta’s trial for a year. A third option would be “trial by Skype”, should the ICC judges allow the Kenyan president to give evidence via a video link. Kenya’s vice-president, William Ruto (pictured on the right), whose separate trial is already underway, said on October 15th that he would continue to co-operate with the court if he is allowed “sporadic” absences from the hearings. Continue reading Kenya and the international court in a tangle→
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 2013 (IPS) – Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown Washington, just a few blocks away from the federal district, dozens of homeless men and women wait for the evening shuttles that will take them to their dinners at one of many food shelters around the city.
The Archbishop of Harare, Right Rev Robert Christopher Ndlovu, has announced the arrival of a Catholic community radio initiative that will start broadcasting once it gets a license from the government.
In a circular to all parish priests, heads of religious congregations and Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese, the Archbishop says the Catholic community radio station, *Radio Chiedza*, is being set up in preparation for the day when community radio stations will be licensed.
Our Dearest Brother Pope Francis, We, the undersigned Christians and members of other religions, support the proposal of the 5th Brazilian Social Week sponsored by the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) sending you this public letter with a very special request: that you convene a Global Assembly for the protection of life on Earth.
Today life has caused a deadly blow by starvation (900 million people in the world), by thirst (1.2 billion do not have potable water and 2.4 billion lack basic sanitation), by wars, by destruction of the environment (soil, water, biodiversity, air) and above all, over humanity and all life forms lurks threatening climate changes also caused by the unscrupulous action of mega economic groups. Continue reading Public Letter to Pope Francisco 16/09/13→
42 still missing on Izu-Oshima as dozens of houses collapse
Typhoon Wipha brought strong winds and heavy rains to Tokyo early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people on Izu-Oshima Island and disrupting metropolitan area transportation systems during the morning rush hour.
October 16th is World Food Day and in a message to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization Pope Francis condemned the continuing scandal of hunger and malnutrition in today’s world and what he called a globalization of indifference towards it.