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Remembering Pope Benedict XVI: the ‘Green Pope’

Quite rightly, much is being said about Pope Francis and his ecological reflections. But we should not forget Pope Benedict XVI, and how important his papacy was for advancing and understanding a Catholic environmental doctrine, in full continuity with what Pope Francis is teaching. It is hard to explain the importance of Pope Benedict’s on […]

Latest Vatican Address on Development

This week the Holy See published its address on development at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV). The conference was held May 9-13 in Istanbul. There have been other addresses published here and here. The environment and related areas (agriculture, natural resources) is mentioned as one of the pillars of development: […]

“People are not a liability”

These were some of the words of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, at the 44th Session of the Commission on Population and Development. He spoke on the topic “Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development.” While supportive of the UN’s goal of promoting human dignity, Archbishop Chullikatt offered criticisms of how the UN […]

Micro Finance and Development

Below is a guest post by Trey Malone on micro finance and its relationship to development. Soon he will follow up with reflections on micro finance and the Pope’s economic ideas as explained in Caritas in Veritate. Please write your comments, support and criticism on the blog comment interface and Trey will eagerly respond. Thanks […]