URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS
Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013
So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all Creation and make justice and peace flourish.
Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! May the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of Creation.
CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
Saint Peter’s Square, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 24 March 2013
Let us look around: how many wounds are […]
It is essential for life but one in nine people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Secours Catholique (Caritas France) has developed a “wikiwater”, an interactive guide which offers ideas to improve access to water and sanitation for fragile communities.
The wikiwater was created by Secours Catholique’s Patrick Flicoteaux who worked with volunteers and experts over the course of three years. It gives simple and practical information and tips on such activities as how to build a well and how to purify water, among many other suggestions. To visit the wikiwater click here. In the meantime, here are some things you may not know about water:
More than 4 million people still die each year worldwide due to unsafe water and 885 million do not have access to drinking water. Learn more about analysing the quality of water.
“Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 […]
Caritas is marking International Women’s Day on 8 March by celebrating the work of women farmers around the world.
Women are more than ever at the forefront of sustaining family farms, but yet find themselves denied the same resources as men. This leads to hunger and traps women in a cycle of poverty. When it comes to farms, Caritas wants a level playing field between men and women.
Four out of every ten farmers in poor countries are women. They provide food for their families and support the local economy. But when it comes to having a fair share of land, animals, seeds, fertilisers, equipment and credit, women are discriminated against. Yields are lower as a result and everyone suffers.
Land is a key asset, yet there are big disparities in legal ownership or rental of land between men and women. In parts of Africa and Asia, women represent fewer than five […]
By Emilie Johann, guest blogger in Doha for CIDSE Overall, discussions have been difficult and ministerial roundtables have taken several thorny issues from the technical to the political level. Will Ministers be up for the challenge to inject some political will and move beyond national interests to respond to the urgent needs of the poorest and for the sake of our common future? Concerning the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) there is no sign of progress on ambition. The EU will not move beyond its current -20% target unless other parties move, and it is unwilling to consider the cancellation of carbon credits in KP2. So far none of the parties present have announced urgently needed more ambitious emission cuts. A weak KP2 is a bad sign in terms of the trust and ambition needed to build a new global climate deal which includes all parties, not […]
By Adriana Opromolla
On Wednesday, November 27th, a coalition made of CIDSE, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Misereor and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) held a public seminar (“side event”) at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The event was aimed at discussing the current proposals, within the UNFCCC, to adopt policy decisions addressing the relation between agriculture and climate change, and to promote small-scale agroecology as a viable response . A number of representatives of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the EU were present and engaged in an interesting dialogue with the speakers.
Dr. Haridas Varikkottil Raman intervened on behalf of EAA, Caritas Internationalis and Caritas India. He pointed to the ecological problems in the present way of managing agriculture. Back in history, human beings had a symbiotic relation with nature. Today, large-scale agriculture does not take care of nature and farmers face several challenges […]