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Asia’s “green” Catholics

Chinese women carry their children while visiting a European-style houses in Hallstatt See, a replica of the Austrian town of Hallstatt, in Boluo coutny, Huizhou city, south China's Guangdong province Saturday, June 2, 2012. A group of Austrians whose scenic mountain village has been copied down to the statues by a Chinese developer attended Saturday's opening in China for the high-end residential project but were still miffed about how the company did it. The original is a centuries-old village of 900 people and a UNESCO heritage site that survives on tourism. The copycat is a housing estate that thrives on China's new rich. In a China famous for pirated products, the replica Hallstatt sets a new standard. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Northern Thailand is to have a “green campus” soon. This completely eco-sustainable structure is being built by local Jesuits. In the Philippines, houses run by followers of Ignatius of Loyola have set in motion an environmentally friendly way of doing things, introducing new practices to prevent food waste, promoting recycling. In other Asian nations that form part of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific – from Korea, to China and from the Philippines to Malaysia, Myanmar and Australia – the themes and suggestions put forward in the Pope’s “Laudato Si’” encyclical, took off a while ago. Above all, through a widespread effort to raise awareness, in the form of the project  “Reconciliation with creation”, which aims to motivate clerics first of all  and then engage all local communities and people of goodwill by “preaching a good example”.