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.
73 years ago, on 6 August 1945, the horror of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, three days later, came in the form of an immense flash of light which brought immediate death to hundreds of thousands people, almost all civilians, and many more in the following years, due to the radiations.
From those two explosions, not only Japan, […]
“Fifty years after being published, Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae appears entirely different to modern eyes. In 1968 it was a brave document – and as a result controversial– that went against the climate of the time. This was the era of the sexual revolution, which needed certainty of contraception and the possibility of abortion […][more]
A meeting of bishop members of the Focolare Movement is underway in Seggau, Austria, from July 24th until August 1st. The 64 bishops, including cardinals from the Curia and apostolic nunzios from 31 countries and four continents, will spend several days together in Sytria for an “experience of the Universal Church among bishops,” the Austrian […][more]