Lo spirito di Assisi

19 Maggio 2024

Prayer for Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Strength and Hope Amidst Severe Flooding Crisis

We pray for the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, which has been severely affected by intense and widespread flooding, resulting in the loss of at least 100 lives with 130 still missing. Over 230,000 people have been displaced, and rescue services are diligently working to reach isolated areas inundated by floodwaters. Authorities have urged displaced individuals not to return to flooded areas, as rescuers strive to evacuate and locate people. This is considered the worst natural disaster in the state’s history.

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19 Maggio 2024

Prayer for Nature-Based Solutions in Cities: Embracing Sponge Cities to Combat Climate Change

We thank God for the nature-based solutions that cities are implementing to combat climate change. In China, landscape architect Kongjian Yu proposed the concept of sponge cities, utilizing natural methods to effectively absorb and manage rainwater. These cities incorporate porous pavements that mimic soil, allowing for water absorption and gradual release into the air. Yu also introduced natural vegetation such as grass, willows, and reeds, along with overflow ponds and permeable footpaths.

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19 Maggio 2024

Corano: fra bacio e fuoco

La memoria del bacio che Giovanni Paolo II ha dato al libro sacro dell’islam 25 anni fa è opportuna per il ripetersi, soprattutto in Svezia e Danimarca, del gesto insensato di bruciare il libro in pubblico. È successo anche di recente a Malmö (Svezia), in occasione dell’Eurovision Song Contest. Il bacio del papa esprime un grande rispetto verso l’islam, culminato nel documento di Abu Dhabi sulla Fratellanza umana del 2019 e alimentato dalle riflessioni teologiche che riconoscono l’ispirazione religiosa del Corano (cf. qui su Settimana News).

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