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If all countries in the world would adopt the lifestyle and the consumption patterns of the western world, an ecological disaster would be inevitable. Already now we use more resources than our planet can renew. “Overshoot day” the date of the year when we have used what we are entitled to, fell 2015 on the 13th of August. For the rest of the year we lived off the substance at the expense of the future generations. “Green technology” alone will not solve this problem. To survive in the long run we have to change radically our wasteful ways of producing and consuming what we need for life and develop sustainable consumption and production methods. This can only succeed if we live out of a spirituality of simplicity and frugality to which Pope Francis invites us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si´.
In an article in Crux John Allen jr reports on the lasting effects of anti-Christian violence in eastern India: "Remembering India's Christian martyrs should be a Church priority".
Today we mourn yesterday’s assassination of Honduran environmental leader Berta Cacéres. As the co-founder of the the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, Berta successfully led a nonviolent campaign with her indigenous Lenca community that stopped one of the world’s largest dam companies from building the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project. The dam would have flooded large areas of land and cut off the supply of water, food and medicine for the Lenca peoples.
No Life without water. Even more than food we need it to survive. That is why access to water is a basic human right. Yet, some 663 Million people do not have access to clean water. About a third of the world’s population lacks basic sanitary services.
The film Spotlight which deals with the uncovering of the sex abuse scandal that came to light in the Archdioces of Boston at the beginning of the 21st century has won at the Oscars
The Amnesty International Report 2015/16 documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2015.
"Abuses were reported in countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam," the report says.
Hunger is the greatest scandal of our times. Dying of hunger means an agonizing slow death. Although there is enough food for all, 3 million children die every year of malnutrition.
The last 15 years have seen some progress in reducing poverty in the world. Yet 10% of the world’s population still live in extreme poverty.