Distinctly Catholic: Those who believe in creating a more just world cannot ignore those suffering abroad. There is no location on Earth excluded from solidarity.
While sitting around waiting for that time when all waste will become energy, I was delighted to discover that the Galapagos Islands is tracking toward achieving its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.
At that point the islands, a territory of Ecuador with 30,000 inhabitants, will be even with themselves, producing what energy they need through renewable sources. They are already close and will likely arrive at their destination on time.
In June, the United Nations officially deemed 2014 the beginning of a “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.”
The initiative, first announced in 2012, seeks to catalyze advocacy and action toward making universal access to renewable energy a global priority, at a time when 1.3 billion people lack electricity and 2.6 billion in developing countries use biomass in cooking and heating.
Eco Catholic: Swift action now would help avoid climate change's most catastrophic outcomes, according to a United Nations panel.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.
Morning Briefing: Boy Scout troops kicked out of church; North Korea found guilty of crimes against humanity; Pope Francis meets with cardinals.
In the wake of last week’s critical U.N. report on Vatican child protection efforts has come more criticism, though much of it is directed not toward the church but the international body.
Faith and Justice: The U.N. report on the Vatican's role in sexual abuse could have improved the church's handling of sexual abuse; instead, it was an editorial screed.
The report from the U.N. Commission on the Rights of the Child raised concerns with a number of substandard policies, specifically regarding sexual abuse.