Earth Day is celebrated yearly, the day after the spring equinox. It is the biggest environmental manifestation of the planet, promoted by the United Nations to encourage the protection of the Earth. The idea of creating an “Earth Day” was discussed for the first time in 1962, and finally took form in 1969, following the environmental disaster caused by the seepage of oil from a well in the open sea of Santa Barbara, California. In the last editions, the Day involved up to a billion people in 192 countries in the world, and became a planetary, educational and informative event on themes of pollution, desertification, destruction of the ecosystems, and the depletion of nonrenewable resources. But also included is individual responsibility towards sustainable consumption, as inspired by the idea of the “Common home” of mankind.
On May 16th, the 18th edition of the Noite Musical ecumenica was held at the Focolare’s Mariapolis Centre in San Leopoldo, Brazil on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians. Marina Silva, who is in charge of the Mariapolis centre, explained: “The evening of music was just one of many […][more]
103 years ago, this huge tragedy was the first on the deplorable list of disasters that occurred in the 20th century: the Armenian genocide. Recalling it, in 2016, Pope Francis made an appeal: “Having seen the pernicious effects to which hatred, prejudice and desire for dominion led in the last century, I express my lively […][more]
“We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!” This is what Pope Francis reminds us of in the very first words of his message for the 55th World Day of […][more]