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13 Aprile 2024

Prayer for Small Farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast Affected by Extractivism and Climate Change

Let’s pray for the small farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast, who are facing dire harvest seasons due to a illegal mining, climate change, and disease outbreaks. These issues have contaminated water sources, degraded land, and devastated crops. The cocoa industry, vital to the region’s economy, is particularly vulnerable, with estimates suggesting that around 590,000 hectares of cocoa plantations in Ghana alone have been affected by diseases like swollen shoot virus.

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13 Aprile 2024

A Prayer for Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Plastic Innovation

We thank God for the innovative solutions to combat climate change being developed by people around the world. Michael VanDuzee recognized that while plastic is convenient and durable, its production from oil contributes to environmental degradation. Inspired by online videos demonstrating homemade plastic creation, he experimented with producing his own biodegradable plastic using cornstarch, sugar, glycerin, vinegar, and water. Mixing these ingredients and heating them while stirring, he then spread the mixture onto a silicone mat and allowed it to set for three days.

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20 Marzo 2024

Prayer for Haiti Amidst Widespread Violence and Chaos: May God Bring Peace and Wisdom to the Nation’s Leaders

We pray for Haiti, amidst widespread violence and chaos following the assassination of its Prime Minister in 2021. The nation faces a power struggle among rival gangs, exacerbated by the acting Prime Minister’s decision to extend the transitional period until August 2025 instead of calling for elections as promised. This has fueled discontent among the population, leading to attacks on state institutions by gangs. Last week, 4,500 prisoners escaped, enabling criminal organizations to seize control of the capital.

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20 Marzo 2024

Prayer for Environmental Revitalization: Depaving Cities to Reintroduce Nature and Foster Community Well-being

We thank God for all people who are supporting to rejuvenate Mother Earth. From Australia to Ontario, cities are undergoing transformations, replacing concrete and asphalt to reintroduce nature. In Portland, US, Depave, a non-profit organization, is leading efforts to remove sections of urban crust, liberating soil that was once covered by concrete on streets and common spaces. Fifty volunteers recently cleared approximately 1670 square meters of concrete from the grounds of a local church, facilitating the return of nature.

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20 Marzo 2024

Prayer for Migrants Seeking Better Opportunities: A Call for Solidarity and Compassion

Let’s pray for migrants who lost their lives seeking better opportunities. Last week, 60 people died in a boat sinking from Libya to Europe. The SOS Mediterranee rescued 25 people. Survivors mentioned departure from Libya 7 days prior, with people from Senegal, Mali, and the Gambia. The next day, 21 people died when a rubber dinghy sank off Turkey’s northern Aegean coast. According to the International Organization for Migration, 226 individuals have died crossing the sea this year.

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11 Marzo 2024

Presentation of Action Plans 2024

Join the JPIC Commission USG-UISG in the presentation of the action plans of some JPIC Promoters who have participated in the JPIC Workshop 2024. Participants will share their plans connected to what they have learned during the workshop, how it can be aligned with their charism and the Laudato Si Goals, and how they can concretize their JPIC work.

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11 Marzo 2024

Way of the Cross 2024

15 March 2024 at 3:30 pm (Rome Time). We would like to invite you to the Way of the Cross 2024 “Martyrs of the Land”. 32nd Day of Missionary Martyrs at Sisters of Charity of S. Giovanna Antida Thouret, Via S. Maria In Cosmedin 5, Rome.   This year, the way of the Cross will honor the lives of the people who have advocate for the Amazon Region. A drawrings exhibition called “Passione Amazzonia” will be open during the Way of the Cross.

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16 Febbraio 2024

Prayer for Ethiopia: Seeking Peace and Justice Amidst Tragedy

We pray for Ethiopia, where 45 citizens of the Amhara State have tragically lost their lives at the hands of Ethiopian federal security forces. This violence signifies the gravest crisis since the peace agreements in neighboring Tigray in 2022. According to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, civilians were extrajudicially killed by government security forces, and it is feared that the actual number of victims may be higher.

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16 Febbraio 2024

Prayer for Farmers: Demand for Support and Dialogue Amidst Turmoil in India

Let’s pray for all farmers around the world. In recent days, Indian farmers have been teargassed by the country’s security forces, who fired water cannons and tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. The farmers are demanding greater support, price guarantees for their products, and loan forgiveness. Authorities have detained a number of farmers and suspended internet services. This is a means of controlling information to prevent a repeat of the 2021 protests, during which dozens died and farmers camped in the city for over a year.

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16 Febbraio 2024

Prayer for Sustainable Beekeeping and Mangrove Conservation by Women’s Cooperative in Senegal

We thank God for all efforts to care for both people and the planet. In Senegal, a women’s cooperative named Mboga Yaye (Good Serrer) in Joal Fadiouth, south of Dakar, has learned how to produce honey, build hives, and peacefully interact with bees. Together with 67 other women, they have become beekeepers, providing income and protecting the biodiversity of the mangrove, which is affected by climate change and deforestation.

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