Archive for Mining

The Pope’s Ecology Encyclical & Mining – A Campaigner’s Perspective

Pope-FrancisHenry Longbottom SJ is a member of a Roman Catholic religious order known as the Jesuits (to which Pope Francis belongs) and is currently studying for the priesthood. He is actively involved in London Mining Network.

When I became a Catholic seven years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I expect the appearance of an official church teaching document (an “encyclical”) dealing with the moral duty to combat climate change, a respect for the intrinsic value of all creation, and the need for solidarity with victims of global inequality.

Catholic leaders call for due diligence in supply chains

globe-2-160x150More than 70 Catholics bishops have signed the statement we reproduce here calling the EU to reinforce the supply chain due diligence in order to stop the complicity of transnational companies in funding conflicts.

We need supply chain due diligence to stop complicity in funding conflicts

Companies are selling products containing natural resources that fuel violence and suffering.
We, Catholic leaders throughout the world, call on the EU to put an end to this.

CIDSE open letter to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

ANSA830623_Articolo(Vatican Radio)  The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace recieved an open letter on Thursday from CIDSE, which was written by communities in Latin America affected by mining operations.

The affected communities recently participated in a meeting called “In union with God we hear a plea”, organized by CIDSE and the Latin American network, Iglesias y Mineria (Churches and Mining).


Justice and Peace speaks out for communities affected by mining

headvisblog07ENsmallVatican City, 17 July 2015 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, presented the dicastery’s initiative “A day of Reflection: united with God, we hear a cry”, to be attended by various representatives of communities affected by mining activity in Africa, Asia and America who will gather in the Salesianum Congress Centre in Rome from 17 to 19 July.

Cardinal Turkson explained that the aim of the meeting was to take stock of the situation of these communities, recalling that in 2013 Justice and Peace organised a day of reflection entitled “Mining for the common good”, upon request of the directors of various mining companies, in order to evaluate the human, economic and environmental implications of this activity.

Centro de Estudios sobre Minería y Sostenibilidad (CEMS) “Center for the Study of Mining and Sustainability”

Centro de Estudios sobre Minería y Sostenibilidad

In a country with significant untapped mineral reserves and mineral production accelerated in the last decade, the need for a center for advanced studies of mining is imminent ago. Pacific University recognizes this need and, through its Center for the Study of Mining and Sustainability (CEMS), is committed to generate relevant, adequate knowledge and high level, with an approach that maximizes the social benefit and growth sustainable economic.

Jesuit Institute in SA screens documentary on the Marikana massacre

AFP3618919_ArticoloOn Wednesday, 11 March, the Jesuit Institute hosted a screening of the multi-award winning documentary “Miners Shot Down”. The documentary follows the events leading up to the Marikana massacre on 16 August, 2012. It includes striking footage from numerous sources, including the South African Police Services, Lonmin security and Al Jezeera. It also presents interviews with key players in the events of Marikana, including deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, strike leaders, photojournalists and lawyers representing the miners’ families.