“Tourism That Makes A Difference”

Last week Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, opened the 7th world congress on pastoral ministry in tourism. The congress was held in Cancun, Mexico and Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to reflect on the subject. I would highlight the following aspects from the Cardinal’s address and Pope […]

Easter, Bee’s and Honey

I have written before about the spiritual dimension of bees and how they can also be a source of solidarity. This Easter season, as bee keepers in the northern hemisphere are getting ready to start new hives and catch swarms, there are a few more interesting parallels. In yesterday’s Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter […]

Mountaineering and Palm Sunday

I have posted a few liturgical and Papal messages drawing here and here the relationship between mountaineering, rock climbing and the Christian life. Here I found another great one, in Pope Benedict’s 2008 Palm Sunday homily, where he used the rope that ties climbers together as the central metaphor. The translator even had to put […]

Kony 2012, Africa and development

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc] Much has been posted on the famed Kony 2012 campaign, with it’s 100 million hits, supporters and critics. The video begins with the premise of a new form of media allowing for a grassroots revolution. The fall of the campaign shows the double edged sword of modern media, with the same voices able to […]

Africa, Reconciliation and Environment

During the Pope’s trip to Benin in Africa there have been a few statements relevant to the environment. Most of the message of the trip has centered on “hope”, as well as moral and spiritual matters. Pope Benedict XVI insisted throughout his trip, and especially in his Apostolic Exhortation Africae munus, that Africa is a sign […]

Lent and Nature Part I: Preamble for Reconciliation

I have spoken before about the relationships between the season of Lent, that precedes Easter, and the environment: last year Pope Benedict XVI spoke of conversion, related to the ecological conversion. This year the reference to the environment is somewhat more explicit. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of lent, and in yesterday’s catechesis […]

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