With the mass slaughter of animals, “everybody loses: our earth, the air, animals, water sources, biodiversity, the Global South, the workers”, denounces Father Rainer Hagencord, the recipient of a special UN award
Conservative believers are increasingly turning their backs on the president, worried about his failures of leadership and his exploitation of Christianity
Urges member states of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to implement Pope Francis’ integral ecology, “an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded and protecting nature”
Vatican OSCE representative warns COVID-19 transforming trade in people into an “ever-growing internet business”
Instead of being “instrumentalised by male-centred Church”, religious sisters especially “should take on leading roles”: staff member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Fr. Michael Weninger
“Indifference is the great evil that leads to a self-centred world, turned in on itself”, Pope Francis has warned in a new interview.
At the opening of the Season of Creation, Pope Francis stressed the inextricable link between caring for our home and the way our economy works.
“Those who live to exploit nature end up exploiting people and treating them like slaves”, Pope Francis warned today in his Wednesday General Audience, insisting that contemplation of and care for the environment are “two attitudes that show the way to correct and rebalance our relationship as human beings with creation”.
“There will be no new relationship with nature without a new human being, and it is by healing the human heart that one can hope to heal the world from its social and environmental unrest,” the Pope has implored.
The Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Monsignor Janusz S. Urbańczyk, has denounced the plight of the world’s 40 million victims of trafficking or exploitation, a shocking 10 million of whom are children.
A Spanish bishop has decried the “inhumane exploitation” of migrant seasonal workers, deploring that in some cases they are earning just 20 euros for a 16-hour day.
“As a Church we have to stand up for those with no lobby”, a German priest advocate for migrant workers has declared.
In a statement coordinated by CIDSE – the Catholic NGO for international cooperation for development and solidarity – 110 bishops and cardinals from all over the world have called on States to enforce corporate social responsibility, denouncing that “irresponsible companies are complicit in acts of violence and suffering”.
“Capital has to serve the people and not vice versa!”, a German priest known for his anti-slavery activism in slaughterhouses has declared.
On the World Day Against Child Labour today, June 12, Pope Francis has reiterated his call to authorities “to spare no effort to protect minors”.
“We are all responsible” for child labour, Pope Francis warned this morning in the General Audience, launching an appeal ahead of the world day against this scourge June 12 that institutions “protect minors” by “filling the economic and social gaps” that see them fall into “slavery and confinement”.
From the Pope down, the Church in Italy is continuing to push hard for the mass regularisation of migrant workers it says are “deprived of all rights”.
In today’s General Audience, the Pope deplored the plight of farm workers – among them “many migrants” – who are “harshly exploited” in the Italian countryside.