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Querida Amazonia and the environment

The recently published Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, at surface value, focuses almost exclusively on the environment. Martin van Nierop highlights some of the passages that...

Querida Amazonia – radical call to ecological conversion misses the boat on women.

The Pope’s eagerly awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia was released on 12 February, and responds to the 6-26 October 2019 Synod on the...

Racism, they say, is dead

Associated Press (AP) recently cropped Ugandan climate change activist, Vanessa Nakate, from a group photograph in which she appears with her peers at the World Economic...

The Amazon Synod and the extractive industry — lessons for the Church in Africa

The Final Document of the Amazon Synod provides, among other things, a powerful contribution to Catholic social teaching and the Church's pastoral response to...

Marlboro man moment for the car and oil giants

The Marlboro Man was the iconic advertisement campaign that ran through the second half of the 20th century to popularise smoking. Its heritage, says...

Ecological conversion – Mining should be banned in water source areas

The drought in Gauteng has once again drawn attention to the ongoing issue of water scarcity in South Africa. Stan Muyebe OP examines the impact of...

Water scarcity — Don’t panic but change consumption habits

Parts of South Africa are, once again, facing water scarcity. The authorities are refraining from describing the emptying dams as a crisis, but Fikile-Ntsikelelo...

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