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JesuiticalDecember 01, 2023
A climate activist holds a placard as demonstrators in South Africa gather outside the Cape Town International Convention Center Sept. 13, 2023, during the Southern Africa Oil and Gas Conference to call for climate justice resistance against oil and gas corporations and an end to fossil fuels. Ahead of the COP28 climate change conference Nov. 30-Dec.12, Catholic leaders in Africa called for decisive actionaiming to save the continent. (OSV News photo/Esa Alexander, Reuters)

Even though Pope Francis recently canceled his trip to Dubai for COP28 on doctor’s orders, the meeting still represents a huge initiative in Francis’ papacy; in “Laudate Deum,” Francis writes that the meeting has the potential to be “a historic event that honors and ennobles us as human beings” (“Laudate Deum,” No. 59). So Ashley and Zac welcomed Jose Aguto, the executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, on this week’s episode of “Jesuitical” to discuss Catholic climate advocacy at this pivotal moment.

They discuss:

  • Pope Francis’ commitment to climate justice throughout his papacy
  • How Catholics should understand climate change as both a systemic and spiritual issue, and where we can find hope
  • The history and current state of climate action in the U.S. church

In Signs of the Times, Zac and Ashley check in with Maggi Van Dorn, host of the “Hark!” podcast, which explores the meaning and making of our favorite Christmas carols. The first episode of season three, which came out on Sunday, dives into “O Holy Night” and features Greg Boyle, S.J. Maggi takes the “Jesuitical” team behind the scenes of “Hark!” production and helps to usher in the Advent season.

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