Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>
John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel, has called Bill Nye "The Science Guy" a "pretend scientist in a bow tie," and argued that his suggestion of jailing climate change skeptics is akin to the jailing of Italian astronomer Galielo Galilei.
"I have always been amazed that anyone would pay attention to Bill Nye, a pretend scientist in a bow tie," Coleman said in an interview, according to Climate Depot.
"As a man who has studied the science of meteorology for over 60 years and received the AMS (American Meteorological Society's) 'Meteorologist of the Year' award, I am totally offended that Nye gets the press and media attention he does," he added. more >>
"Earth Day" was first observed on April 22, 1970, signaling the birth of the modern environmental movement. According to the Earth Day Network, the original "Earth Day" brought to life by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, caused 20 million Americans to come out across the nation and demonstrate for a sustainable, clean environment.
The so-called green movement has gathered ever increasing steam with each passing year, morphing from clean air and clean water to global warming to climate change described by one N.Y. Times reporter as "the most significant scientific and technological challenge of our time." (Eduardo Porter, "Liberal Biases, Too, May Block Promises on Climate Change," New York Times April 19, 2016).
Many advocates for drastic measures to combat climate change (i.e., global warming) assert that human caused global warming is now "settled science." more >>
Christian relief groups are sending teams to help with the immediate needs of the victims of the earthquake disaster in Ecuador, which has killed at least 570 people so far, and are urging fellow believers to pray and consider helping with funds.
"Christians anywhere can pray. Sometimes we forget that prayer is a believer's greatest and most powerful weapon. Prayer makes such a difference and we can all pray that people will be rescued from the collapsed buildings, families will be reunited, God will supply the physical help victims need and many will come to believe in Christ from this tragedy," said Rosa Contreras Hart, Latin American Area Director for Christian Aid Mission, in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church says his congregation is sending at least three relief teams to Japan to assist in recovery efforts just days after twin earthquakes killed 42 people and destroy a church his team preached at just weeks ago.
"On the night of 14 April, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The epicentre is at a distance of 7 km from the city of Kumamoto. My wife, Sun [Ho,] and her team were just there two weeks ago ministering at Kumamoto Harvest Church, an amazing church led by senior Pastor Rev. Yoji Nakamura," Kong wrote on Sunday in a Facebook update.
"In the town of Mashiki, near the epicentre, buildings and homes have collapsed. 44,000 people were evacuated. The church in Mashiki has completely collapsed, and the senior pastor's family members are currently hospitalized," he added. more >>
Rescue workers in Ecuador continue searching for survivors of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday night, which has killed at least 272 people so far and injured over 2,500.
"The first hours are crucial," said Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, according to CNN. "We're finding signs of life in the rubble. We're giving this priority. After, we'll work to find and recover bodies."
The hardest hit areas were reportedly the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales, with close to 200 people killed in the Manabi Province alone. more >>