A Catholic priest, who has waged years’ of battle against a nickel mine in a call to protect Mindoro Island’s biodiversity and its indigenous people, received an “environmental hero” award Thursday.
Jesuit-run Xavier University bestowed a Doctor in Humanities, honoris causa, on Fr. Edwin Gariguez for his sustained and significant efforts to protect the environment and indigenous peoples.
Fr. Roberto Yap, university president, said Gariguez’s ministry is an inspiring response to Pope Francis challenge “to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
This is an Intercultural Institute, where currently enrolled 150 students, from 10 different ethnic groups and both cultures, languages and different traditions, which means a huge cultural variety and a great respect and appreciation for other cultures. It is inspired from the culture and traditions of the Mixe people and developed and promoted by the University System of Latin American Universities in Mexico Institute, linked to 40 universities in Latin America (AUSJAL) and supported with a tradition of teaching at least 450 years of the best universities worldwide.
We want to promote the depth of imagination and thought of each and the students of the Institute to promote in the Mixe people and other cultures best sustainable human development indices. We do not seek only the human development of each person, but besides this, have an impact on the whole region.
Jesuits in Guyana are joining others who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. In January, Jesuits who work in this region of the world launched the Pan-Amazonian Project in Manaus, Brazil. And this week saw the gathering in Rome of a new international network: the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM). This was established last year in Brazil and consists of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions, priests, missionaries working in the Amazon jungle, national representatives of Caritas and laypeople belonging to various Church bodies.