Reconnecting you to nature


It is established by UN in 1972. The same year UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was also established. In 1974 the first WED was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. From 1987 different countries host the event. This year Canada hosts the day with the theme Connecting people to Nature. WED is an opportunity to realize our responsibility for caring the nature.

On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

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The Global Catholic Climate Movement

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Wednesday, May 10th 2017 – Nine Catholic organizations from around the world have today announced their decision to divest their portfolios from coal, oil and gas companies in the largest joint Catholic fossil fuel divestment to date.


The groups – including religious orders and dioceses from the UK, USA and Italy – made the announcement ahead of international negotiationsthis month on implementing measures in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are the main cause of the greenhouse gas emissions which are changing the climate and pushing people in the world’s poorest communities deeper into poverty. Globally, 2016 was the hottest year since records began, a title that 2015 and 2014 had both held before it.


The announcement is also significant in the number of different Catholic orders – including Jesuits and Franciscans – uniting once again behind this issue, which is gaining growing support at all levels of the Catholic Church. The news comes off the back of a January conference – attended by Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery of Integrated Human Development and one of the Pope’s closest advisors on environmental issues, as well as former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres – on the subject of investing according to the principles laid out in Laudato Si’.


The Italian Jesuits are now the second national Jesuit group to have divested and thus heeded the call to care for creation of their fellow Jesuit Pope Francis. The Siloe Monastic Community is the first Catholic monastic community in the world to divest. The Diocese of Pescara becomes the second diocese to have divested to date, while the Diocese of Bologna together with the Italian Bishops Conference and the Catholic NGO coalition FOCSIV will promote divestment issues during a conference on June 8th in the presence of the Italian environment minister Gian Luca Galletti two days before he heads to the G7 environment ministers meeting in Rome. The previous record for number of Catholic institutions divesting jointly was seven and was set in October 2016. A total of 27 Catholic institutions have now divested.


The announcement comes just under a month before the second anniversary of Pope Francis’s June 2015 Encyclical letter Laudato Si’, which called on Catholics and non-Catholics alike to care for our common home. With some of the world’s most powerful leaders meeting for the G7 Summit in Sicily from May 26-27 to discuss the biggest threats to global stability, and with almost 200 countries meeting in Bonn from May 8-18 for UNFCCC negotiations to add the important technical details to the framework of the Paris Agreement, the divestment also sends a powerful signal of the momentum behind and popular support for ambitious action on climate change.


This latest announcement also comes in the middle of the week-long Global Divestment Mobilization organized by climate change NGO, as part of which thousands worldwide are taking action to push cities, universities, churches, pension funds, museums and other institutions to demonstrate climate leadership by breaking their financial ties to fossil fuel companies.


For general media enquiries, please contact:


Cecilia Dall’Oglio (based in Rome, Italy);

European Programs Coordinator, Global Catholic Climate Movement;

Email:; Mobile: +39 3331271680


For Italian media enquiries, please contact:


Marta Francescangeli;

Ufficiostampa FOCSIV – Volontarinelmondo;

Email:; Mobile: +39 3384731082; Landline: +39 06 6877867


For US media enquiries, please contact:


Christina Leano;

Associate Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement;

Email;; Mobile: +1-786-459-5667





List of divesting institutions


The institutions divesting are:


  1. The Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (Global, General Curia);
  2. The Diocese of Pescara (Italy);
  3. Il Dialogo (Italy);
  4. The Italian Jesuits (Italy);
  5. Rete InterdiocesanaNuoviStili di Vita (Italy);
  6. Siloe Monastic Community (Italy);
  7. MGR Foundation (USA);
  8. The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (USA);
  9. St Joseph’s Province of the Congregation of the Passion – English Province of the Passionists (UK).


Quotes and background on individual divestment decisions


“The Catholic response to climate change is gathering momentum exponentially. From refusing to invest in fossil fuels to installing solar panels on church roofs, more and more Catholics are taking concrete actions to protect creation and the vulnerable in their communities and beyond. This momentum is something that should not go unnoticed by world leaders meeting for the G7 Summit before they return home to turn politics to policy.”


Tomas Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement.


“We are extremely concerned that the G7 Summit will not make any official climate commitment, only adopting less ambitious objectives than those of Paris and preventing the US withdraw. In the face of this political impasse, several Catholic organizations are committed in the name of Laudato Si’ to promoting social and climate justice through concrete fossil fuel divestment declarations. We hope that this action will be a call to international leaders to engage in fighting climate change and, at the same time, a support to the G7 Italian presidency in continuing its work on prioritizing the climate issue on the agenda of the summit. FOCSIV, together with the Diocese of Bologna and the Italian Episcopal Conference, will further involve dioceses to both disinvestment and reinvestment in clean energy for the promotion of universal energy access on the occasion of the G7 Environment in Bologna, with Mons Zuppi and the Italian Minister Galletti”


Gianfranco Cattai, President, FOCSIV (Italy)


“The diversity and global distribution of the organizations taking part in this joint announcement show the leadership of the Catholic communities in taking concrete action in response to the repeated calls of Pope Francis to preserve our common home. We celebrate this announcement and hope that the message it conveys reaches people of all faiths and inspires even more Catholic institutions, including the Vatican itself, to end the harmful influence of the fossil fuel industry’s ambition over our economies and societies, and push for clean and just energy sources for all humanity.”


Yossi Cadan, Senior Divestment Campaigner.


“I state the willingness of adhesion to the fossil fuel divestment and clean energy investment campaign promoted by FOCSIV. This statement aims to be a first concrete commitment in the logic of the integral ecology and the care of the common home, which Pope Francis called us to in the encyclical letter Laudato Si’, with a view of a progressive and effective process of divestment.”


Tommaso Valentinetti, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Pescara-Penne (Italy)


“The monastic community of Siloe, in the Diocese of Grosseto, starting from the building of the new monastic complex, in 2000, has been building on good practices of building with the use of renewable energy resources. Strongly committed on the issues of caring and safeguarding the creation, we consider it is important to be part of an initiative that is in very deep harmony with the value in which we believe and that gives a concrete answer to Pope Francis’s Call in his encyclical Laudato Si’ asking for a real ecological conversion and a new way to inhabit the Earth. On behalf of the community of Siloe, which I represent as a superior, I express my commitment to the fossil fuels divestment campaign.”


Fr. Mario M. Parente, PrioredellaComunitàmonastica di Siloe (Italy)

“I express the adhesion of the Italian province company of the Society of Jesus to the divestment campaign. With this adhesion I announce the intention to start a more detailed process about the different ways of removing our investments from fossil, progressively, within the next 5 years.”

Fr. Gianfranco Matarazzo, Provincial Father of Italian Jesuits (Italy)

“We, as Rete InterdiocesanaNuoviStili di Vita, express our adhesion to the divestment campaign from fossil fuels. We have a long-standing commitment for the care of our common home, that is our sister and mother earth, according to the teaching of the Encyclical Laudato SI’. We consider it is important to be part of an initiative that is in very deep harmony with the value in which we believe and that gives a concrete answer to Pope Francis’s call in his encyclical Laudato Si’ asking for a real ecological conversion, moving from fossil-based energies to renewables ones.”


Adriano Sella, National Coordinator of Rete InterdiocesanaNuoviStili di Vita. (Italy)


“The director and the head of the environmental section of the magazine Il dialogo have long been involved in the defense of human rights and of the environment. Joining the next joint Catholic divestment announcement is natural and genuine for us because it means adhering to the values we believe in. Therefore, during the Global Divestment Mobilization, we join more than 100 organizations and Churches around the world that have positively received the message of divestment from fossil fuels. Fossil fuel divestment is a concrete way to put Laudato Si’ into practice and bear witness to its message. In the Encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis affirms: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels […] especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay.  (Laudato Si’, 165). As Pope Francis says, on climate change there is a clear, definitive and urgent ethical imperative to act. We are convinced that this union will lead to more sustainable finance and a more just and livable world. Therefore we have joined and invite all others to.


Giovanni Sarubbi, (Director) Michele Zarrella (Head of the environmental section) of “Il Dialogo” (Italy)

“We, St Joseph’s Province of the Congregation of the Passion (English Province of the Passionists) have committed to full fossil fuel divestment, to start as soon as possible and to be completed over the next 4 years, by 2021 at the latest.”


Fr. Martin Newell CP, St Joseph’s Province of the Congregation of the Passion (UK)

“As a community we have long committed ourselves to considering the root causes of violence. Through our study and discernment we compassionately respond both to compelling immediate and systemic needs at the local and global levels. We find that it is imperative that we move away from fossil fuels because of the impact they have on the environment.”


Sr. Sheila Kinsey, Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (USA)


“The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, St. Clare Province of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, (USA) are announcing today that we can say with integrity that we have no current investment in fossil fuels, and we will in the next year add it to our Socially Responsible Investment Policy to assure no future investments in fossil fuels. In this way we wish to emphasize the urgency of the climate crisis and deepen our commitment to care for our common home.”

Sr. Melanie Paradis,osf, Sr. Lynn Schafer,osf, Sr. Trish Villarreal,osf, Sr. Alana Gorski,osf, Provincial Council of the The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters (USA)


Notes for the Editor


Founded in 2014, the GCCM is a coalition of over 100 Catholic organizations working to respond to the moral imperative of the climate change crisis. Further information can be found at


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E-News May 12, 2017


E-News May 12, 2017

Please remember in your prayers this Sunday 14 May – Mother’s Day: that the Church and society honor all mothers, support women who have to carry on their responsibilities as mothers alone! Let us be in solidarity especially with those who face threats to their lives, to their integrity and that of their children.

15 May—The International Day of the Families has the theme: “Families, education and well-being”. The day focuses on raising awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth. The day promotes the importance of all caregivers in families.  International day of families.

21 May—World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Develop celebrates cultural diversity as a means of providing new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries resources for millions of jobs worldwide—particularly for youth and women.Culturaldiversityday.

22 May—International Day for Biological Diversity recognizes that biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. By stopping bio-diversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.


29 May—International Day of UN Peacekeepers honors the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with care and courage since 1948. More than 3,400 have lost their lives in service. Peacekeepersday.



E-Noticias 12 de mayo

Por favor recuerden en sus oraciones este domingo 14 de mayo – Día de la Madre: ¡Que la iglesia y la sociedad honren a todas las madres, apoyen a aquellas mujeres que tienen que asumir sus responsabilidades como madres solas! Seamos solidarios especialmente con aquellos que se enfrentan a amenazas a sus vidas, a su integridad y a la de sus hijos.

15 de mayo – El Día Internacional de las Familias tiene como tema: “Familias, educación y bienestar”. La jornada se centra en la sensibilización sobre el papel de las familias en la promoción de la educación de la primera infancia y las oportunidades de aprendizaje permanente para niños y jóvenes. El día promueve la importancia de todos los cuidadores en las familias. Familyday.

21 de mayo – Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el Desarrollo celebra la diversidad cultural como un medio de proporcionar nuevas perspectivas para el desarrollo sostenible y promover los recursos de las industrias creativas para millones de puestos de trabajo en todo el mundo, especialmente para los jóvenes y las mujeres. Dia mundial de la diversidad.

22 de mayo – Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica reconoce que la biodiversidad es la base de la vida y de los servicios esenciales que proporcionan los ecosistemas. Al detener la pérdida de biodiversidad, estamos invirtiendo en las personas, sus vidas y su bienestar. odiversityday/.

29 de mayo – El Día Internacional de los Pacificadores de la ONU honra a más de un millón de hombres y mujeres que han servido bajo la bandera de la ONU con cuidado y valentía desde 1948. Más de 3.400 han perdido la vida en servicio. Dia internacional de los pacificadores de la onu.


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En français ci-dessous


Easter blessings!

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative continues to promote nonviolence within the Church (and the wider community), to develop resources, and to be at the service of the Church as it explores the development of innovative Church teaching, including the possibility of an encyclical on nonviolence and just peace.

We have been buoyed especially by Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace. In early March, CNI and others participated at a panel discussion at the United Nations in New York City on this theme, hosted by the Holy See’s UN mission. On April 21, a similar panel was held at the Pax Christi International secretariat in Brussels, with a particular focus on the European Union (photo at right: Sr. Wamuyu Wachira and Marie Dennis, members of the Pax Christi International board; Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi UK; and Joachim Koops, director of the Global Governance Institute)



A number of workshops on Gospel nonviolence and Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message have been held in Uganda, Kenya, the Philippines, UK, Belgium, Mexico, United States, Australia, Japan, and many other countries. Marie Dennis spoke at the 2017 Voices of Faith gathering at the Vatican on International Women’s Day, March 8; the theme was nonviolence and women. Pax Christi groups around the world have held regional conferences and have given presentations to diocesan commissions on nonviolence.

In early April, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI, USA) held a symposium on the 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference (photo at right: Terry Rynne, Mel Duncan, Maria Stephan, Ken Butigan); other conferences and meetings are being planned for the University of San Diego (California), DePaul University (Chicago), Louvain (Belgium), John Carroll University (Ohio) and in the Philippines.



The big project in the coming months are the five groups (“roundtables”) of theologians, peace practitioners, sociologists and others from around the world who will discuss and research distinct components related to advancing the Church’s teaching on nonviolence – including toward a potential encyclical on nonviolence and just peace – in a thoughtful and thorough way. Additional working groups will research controversial, complex, or innovative topics related to nonviolence, including effective initiatives in response to humanitarian crises. This global effort will culminate in another Rome conference at the end of 2018 or early 2019 where the findings will be shared with Vatican officials.

Action suggestion

During the month of May, write your bishop and encourage his support for active nonviolence (particularly for Catholics in the U.S., but adaptable by others)

Further reading and opportunities


The Vatican issued a beautiful message on April 22, the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh — Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence.


Cardinal Cupich, with endorsement of Pope Francis, initiates anti-violence efforts in Chicago


Terry Rynne writes about the “breakthrough” World Day of Peace message

Jean Marie Muller writes about the nonviolent resistance of Jesus
Mel Duncan will teach an online course on unarmed civilian protection





Mise à jour de l’Initiative catholique de nonviolence (CNI)


Joyeuses Pâques! Merci de votre soutien à l’Initiative catholique de nonviolence.

L’Initiative catholique de nonviolence (CNI) continue de promouvoir la nonviolence au sein de l’Église (et la communauté dans son ensemble), de développer des ressources et d’être au service de l’Eglise vu qu’elle explore le développement de l’enseignement innovant de l’Église, y compris la possibilité d’une encyclique sur la nonviolence et paix juste.

Nous avons été soutenus notamment par le message de la Journée mondiale de la paix 2017 du pape François intitulé «La nonviolence: un style de politique pour la paix». Au début du mois de mars, CNI et d’autres ont participé à une table ronde aux Nations Unies à New York sur ce thème, organisée par la mission de l’ONU du Saint-Siège. Le 21 avril, une discussion similaire a eu lieu au secrétariat de Pax Christi International à Bruxelles, avec une attention particulière à l’Union européenne.

Un certain nombre d’ateliers sur la nonviolence évangélique et le Message de la Paix 2017 du Pape François ont été organisés en Ouganda, au Kenya, aux Philippines, au Royaume-Uni, en Belgique, au Mexique, aux États-Unis, en Australie, au Japon et beaucoup d’autres pays. Marie Dennis a parlé lors de la réunion des Voix de la Foi de 2017 (« Voices of Faith ») au Vatican lors de la Journée internationale de la femme, le 8 mars; Le thème était la nonviolence et les femmes. Les groupes de Pax Christi dans le monde ont tenu des conférences régionales et ont présenté des présentations aux commissions diocésaines sur la nonviolence.

L’Université Marquette (Milwaukee, WI, États-Unis) a organisé un symposium sur la conférence de la nonviolence et de la paix juste 2016; d’autres conférences et réunions sont prévues pour l’Université de San Diego (Californie), l’Université DePaul (Chicago), Louvain (Belgique), l’Université John Carroll (Ohio) et aux Philippines.

Le grand projet dans les mois à venir se base sur les cinq groupes (“tables rondes”) composé de théologiens, de praticiens de la paix, de sociologues et d’autres personnes du monde entier qui discutent et recherchent des éléments distincts afin de faire avancer les enseignements de l’Église sur la nonviolence – y compris vers une encyclique potentielle sur la nonviolence et la paix juste – d’une manière réfléchie et approfondie. D’autres groupes de travail rechercheront des sujets controversés, complexes ou innovants liés à la nonviolence, y compris des initiatives efficaces en réponse aux crises humanitaires. Cet effort mondial aboutira à une autre conférence à Rome à la fin de 2018 ou au début de 2019 où les résultats seront partagés avec les officiels du Vatican.

Suggestion d’action

Pendant le mois de mai, écrivez à votre évêque et encouragez son soutien à la nonviolence active (en particulier pour les catholiques aux États-Unis, mais adaptable par d’autres)

Autres lectures et opportunités


Nouvelle déclaration du Vatican: Les chrétiens et les bouddhistes, marcher ensemble sur le chemin de la nonviolence


Cardinal Cupich, avec l’aval du pape Francis, lance des efforts anti-violence à Chicago
Terry Rynne écrit le message de la Journée Mondiale de la Paix

Jean Marie Muller écrit sur la résistance nonviolente de Jésus

Mel Duncan enseignera un cours en ligne sur la protection civile non armée


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#Mercy2Earth is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Show Mercy to our Common Home” message and put it into action.

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Please visit their website

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International Mother Earth Day 22 April 2017

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

The theme for 2017 is “Environmental & Climate Literacy”.

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.

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Anche l’occidente contribuisce al massacro dei cristiani e della speranza del Medio oriente


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Roma (AsiaNews) – All’indomani della domenica delle Palme insanguinate in Egitto, diversi commenti ricalcano i cliché alla moda: esiste un aperto conflitto delle civilizzazioni, è in atto una guerra religiosa fra musulmani e cristiani.

Queste letture hanno qualcosa di vero. Non passa giorno senza vedere che alcune comunità islamiche resistono anche con la forza alla modernizzazione portata dal mondo occidentale nel modo di vestire, di usare il tempo, nel modo di educare. E non passa giorno – e in Egitto la cosa vale ormai da anni – senza che vi siano uccisioni di cristiani per mano di fondamentalisti islamici che bollano questi fedeli come “miscredenti” e perciò degni solo di essere o convertiti o eliminati. A buttare benzina sul fuoco, Daesh (lo Stato islamico) da tempo ha decretato lo sradicamento dei cristiani dal Medio oriente per il loro potere “inquinante” verso la cultura araba.

Ma partire da qui per esigere con urgenza una nuova crociata, è un passo falso. Anzitutto perché negli attentati contro i cristiani si trovano spesso anche musulmani. E sono musulmani pure molte delle persone che da ieri donano il sangue per salvare la vita dei feriti nei due attentati alle chiese di Tanta ed Alessandria. Soprattutto, non si tiene conto che l’obbiettivo di Daesh non sono semplicemente i cristiani, ma la loro tensione a far crescere la convivenza coi musulmani. Da tempo l’ex generale al Sisi preme per una società egiziana in cui cristiani e musulmani abbiano stessi diritti e stessi doveri; in cui le procedure per costruire chiese e moschee siano le stesse; in cui vi siano stesse possibilità di carriera nella società e nell’esercito per i fedeli delle due religioni. Un successo di al Sisi in questo campo sarebbe una rivoluzione nel mondo arabo, data l’importanza dell’Egitto, dal punto di vista numerico e culturale.

L’influenza di al Sisi è tale che perfino l’università di Al Azhar, spesso divisa fra modernità e dipendenza dai finanziamenti sauditi, si sta muovendo per condannare l’interpretazione letteralista del Corano, alla base di Daesh e di tutto il wahhabismo saudita.

I cliché che abbiamo citato, se hanno qualcosa di vero, non tengono conto di tanti fermenti positivi nel mondo islamico e medio-orientale. Ma soprattutto nascondono un fatto: le responsabilità del mondo occidentale. Condannare Daesh, condannare l’islam fondamentalista non è ancora tutta la verità. Ieri papa Francesco all’Angelus, ricevendo la notizia dell’attentato alla chiesa di Tanta, ha espresso il suo “profondo cordoglio” al “caro fratello, Sua Santità Papa Tawadros II, alla Chiesa Copta e a tutta la cara nazione egiziana” e ha aggiunto: “Il Signore converta il cuore delle persone che seminano terrore, violenza e morte, e anche il cuore di quelli che fanno e trafficano le armi”.  Se non vogliamo manipolare le parole del papa, dobbiamo ricordare che il mondo occidentale sta cercando di risanare la sua economia scricchiolante proprio attraverso le vendite di armi a Paesi che in un modo o nell’altro sono responsabili dei massacri dei cristiani.

Secondo i dati 2016 del Sipri (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), ad oggi i maggiori Paesi esportatori di armi sono Stati Uniti, Russia, Cina, Francia e Germania. Essi rappresentano il 74% del volume totale di esportazioni nel mondo. Almeno la metà dei loro prodotti bellici sono stati destinati ai Paesi del Medio Oriente. Nel 2015, l’Arabia saudita ha registrato un incremento del 275% delle importazioni di armi rispetto al 2006-2010; il Qatar un incremento del 279%. Entrambi questi due Paesi – insieme ad altri – sono noti per il loro sostegno alla “ribellione” ad Assad e quindi ad al Qaeda e Daesh.

C’è perciò una responsabilità dell’occidente anche nelle uccisioni dei cristiani e lo scandalo per quanto fa Daesh rimane un po’ farisaico se non si sostiene il dialogo culturale e sociale fra cristiani e musulmani e si pone freno all’escalation delle armi in Medio oriente.

Molti interlocutori continuano a citare il discorso di Benedetto XVI a Regensburg, quando il pontefice ha suggerito al mondo islamico di fare i conti con la ragione e la violenza. Ma dimenticano che la maggior parte di quel discorso era indirizzato all’occidente che disprezzando la ragione religiosa, si è rinchiuso in un modello materialista, dove contano solo i numeri e i soldi. Anche quelli delle armi.’occidente-contribuisce-al-massacro-dei-cristiani-e-della-speranza-del-Medio-oriente-40434.html



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