"No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited." -- Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War
The days leading up to United Nations World Environment Day have sketched energy contrasts across North America.
In the U.S., one state’s legislators successfully stalled clean energy initiatives; further south, a Caribbean island took a global spotlight as it moves toward generating a third of its energy from renewable, and primarily the sun.
Making a Difference: Approximately 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty throughout the world. An estimated 21,000 die every day.
Pope Francis called for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today.
Some of South Sudan's considerable challenges and seemingly intractable problems are exemplified in the little hamlet of Gumbo, outside of Juba.
A steady stream of Iraqi refugees, smiling and displaying purple index fingers, emerged from a polling station in the Hashemi Shamali district, where the majority of these urban refugees live in the Jordanian capital.
"Change is badly needed in Iraq. Hopefully the elections will yield a suitable leader. God is gracious," said Um Martin, a Chaldean Catholic woman from the biblical city of Ninevah in northern Iraq.
“Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7)
Since the beginning of time, the air we breathe is given to us as a free and ever-present gift from God. Unlike food and water, which is often too scarce for the poorest of the poor, no one can horde, process, package or sell oxygen. Unfortunately, due to humanity’s carelessness, the breath of life is now the kiss of death for seven million people a year.