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Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

Building on previous church teachings, St. John Paul II's concept of "human ecology" and Pope Benedict XVI's "ecology of man," Pope Francis goes one step further with his vision of integral ecology.

Jesuit provincials call for international action on Nicaragua

The Society of Jesus has urged Latin American countries -- working "through international diplomacy" -- to "take all the necessary measures to rescue democracy in Nicaragua and hold the current regime responsible for the crimes it has committed."

Culture of care is essential for the common good, pope tells doctors

With so many changes and huge technological advancements in the field of medicine, health care must always be at the service of the whole individual, including a supportive relationship between patient and medical professionals, Pope Francis said.

German ‘synodal way’ is rapid response to abuse scandal, conference says

The bishops of Germany, reacting to an independent study of the extent of clerical sexual abuse in their country and its possible causes, chose to initiate a "synodal" process that was not a synod or a plenary council.

Amazon inhabitants hope synod will address lack of priests

The upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon will focus on the devastating effects of climate change on the environment and on indigenous communities, but it also will look at ways to meet the spiritual needs of the region's people.

New Lithuanian cardinal, ‘strong internally,’ spent time in Soviet prison

Cardinal-designate Sigitas Tamkevicius, a veteran of Soviet prisons and labor camps, counts on not being assigned "specific duties" following his elevation so he can continue serving his local church.

Catholic network: Nations have ‘moral duty’ to fight climate change

In a statement released ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit, which starts in New York Sept. 23, they described the rate of climate change as an emergency, a social crisis and an environmental catastrophe.

Review of Canadian Caritas is hurting its credibility, says ex-president

Development and Peace is being criticized by a handful of Canadian bishops who suspect the organization might be supporting partners that do not conform with the church's moral values, especially regarding women's sexuality and abortion.

New European cardinal spent more than two decades in Japan

Luxembourg's first cardinal will help defend Europe against populism and nationalism, while bringing his small country's diplomatic traditions to bear in church affairs, said a close associate.

Eritrean bishops protest government seizure of Catholic schools

The closure of its schools follows the seizure of its clinics and other medical facilities in June.