Catholic leaders urge tougher policies to protect Arctic

OXFORD, England (CNS) — Two European Catholic commissions warned that Arctic warming is intensifying competition over the region’s resources and urged tougher policies to protect its biodiversity and Indigenous communities. As exploration, mining, investment, and military activities increase, predatory practices also can increase, said the Brussels-based Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union,

Rohingya Refugees to Relocate to Island

A church official and government representative have backed an appeal from five prominent rights groups to allow an unfettered visit to an island slated for the relocation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In a joint letter to Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, senior officials from Amnesty International, Refugee International, Robert F. Kennedy Human

Call to Action: Conserve Water

Millions worldwide lack clean water, but we can help conserve this precious resource by making simple lifestyle changes. 1. Change Your Diet. It takes a lot of water to grow, process, and transport food. Meat and dairy products are especially water-intensive. To save water, eat lower on the food chain, eat more whole foods

Guatemalan Genocide Survivors Accuse Government of Failing to Keep Its Promises

The civil war that ravaged Guatemala for nearly 40 years ended with government promises to redress the crimes of military groups active during the conflict. Survivors are now saying that the government is retreating on those commitments and violating the legal protections of the peace accords. “It concerns us and at the same time

Sudan Moves Toward Peace

After 27 years on the U.S. State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) list, Sudan has agreed to pursue peaceful relations with the state of Israel and make other concessions in the interests of peace. The country agreed to pay compensation to American victims of terror attacks, notably including the attack on the USS Cole in

Study finds China continuing to build internment camps

XINJIANG — For several years now China has been building internment camps to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities. China describes these internment camps as vocational training and reeducation programs that aim to alleviate poverty and counter terrorism threats. Accounts from survivors indicate possible human rights abuses happen regularly at these centers.

Environmental racism: Climate change disproportionately affects people of color

In recent months, the larger climate movement has started to embrace the fight against environmental racism. Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact environmental hazards have on people of color. Environmental justice is the movement’s response to environmental racism. According to GreenAction — a grassroots environmental justice movement, "Environmental racism refers to the institutional rules,

Call to Action: Support the Free Press

Strong institutions depend on transparency or, failing that, the consistent pressure and exposure of a free and independent press. Here are 5 ways to support high-quality journalism: Subscribe to a reputable news outlet. Accurate and timely reportage requires time, travel, and resources. Whether your preferred news sources is printed or digital, be willing to

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