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Amazon rainforest: Steady process of cutting it down

In the time it takes to read this email, 16 football fields of Amazon rainforest will be cut down.

There’s a game-changing plan to stop this madness.

The Amazon provides 20% of the world’s oxygen, 10% of our species and is our best defense against climate change.

To save it, Avaaz has joined forces with indigenous communities that call the Amazon home to back the best idea ever: a gigantic international park, the largest reserve in the world, protecting an area twice the size of France!

A million of us have already campaigned for this plan, and the Colombian government now supports it!

We just need to win Brazil.

President Dilma’s popularity is in the toilet, and she desperately needs a crowd pleaser —

Brazilians love the Amazon, so insiders say she could go for it!
To win Dilma over before the powerful ranching and mining lobbyists do, we need to rapidly make this a hugely popular public appeal in Brazil — with inspiring calls from celebrities, compelling ads, and high profile visits from indigenous leaders.

If 50,000 of us donate just the cost of a drink or a meal each in the next 24 hours, we’ll have enough to do it.

Person of the Year by Time Magazine: Why Pope Francis?

Pope Francis has been declared Time’s Person Of The Year.

Looking back on 2013, has Francis done  a few incredibly progressive activities to lead the Church?

Mark Pygas posted:

I Knew Pope Francis Was Good, But When I Found Out Everything He Did in 2013, I Was Blown Away

1. He spoke out against frivolous spending by the Church

Pope-Francis-I-Angelus-and-Blessing-from-the-window-overlooking-St-Peter-s-SquareSource: catholic-ew.org.ukThe average set of cardinal’s clothes costs as much as $20,000.

In October, Pope Francis urged officials to dress more modestly and to not squander such money. In the same month, he ordered a German bishop to explain how he had spent $3 million on a marble courtyard. Source: globalpost.com

2. He invited a boy with Downs Syndrome for a ride in the Popemobile

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During a general audience, Pope Francis invited Alberto di Tullio, a 17-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome, to ride in his Popemobile while thousands watched. The boy and his father were said to be “chocked up” when he was embraced by the Pope. Source: cbsnews.com

3. He embraced and kissed Vinicio Riva

POPE FRANCIS' GENERAL AUDIENCESource: huffpost.com

November saw Pope Francis embrace Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. Fighting agonising pain on a daily basis, such an act restored the faith of a man who says he is often mocked in public. Source: cnn.com

4. He denounced the judgment of homosexuals

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Pope Francis has stated several times that the Church has no right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians. Though Francis maintained the right of the Church to express opinions on homosexuality, he believed that Christians should not judge or ridicule.

This led to The Advocate, a gay  rights magazine, naming Francis the ‘single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.’ Source: cnn.com

5. He held a major ceremony at the chapel of a youth prison

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In March, the Pope held a major Holy Week service at Casal del Marmo jail for minors, rather than the Vatican. During the service, the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders to commemorate Jesus’ gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. During the service, he broke tradition by washing the feet of women and Muslims. Source: reuters.com

6. He urged the protection of the Amazon Rainforest

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During his visit to Brazil, Pope Francis met with natives who have been fighting ranchers and farmers attempting to invade their land. He encouraged that the Amazon be treated as a garden and protected, along with it’s native people. Source: nationalpost.com

7. He personally called and consoled a victim of rape

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A 44-year old Argentinian woman, raped by a local policeman, was one of thousands to write a letter to Pope Francis in 2013. The woman was surprised when she later received a phone call from Francis himself–who consoled the woman and told her, “You are not alone.”

Source: catholicvirtue.org

8. He snuck out of the Vatican to feed the homeless

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More recently, it has been discovered that Pope Francis regularly leaves the Vatican at night to feed the homeless. Dressed as an ordinary priest, he joins Archbishop Konrad Krajewski to feed the poor of Rome.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

10. He acknowledged that atheists can be good people

mujica-pope-francisSource: mercopress.com

Earlier in 2013,  Pope Francis spoke out against the common interpretation within the Church that atheists, by nature, are bad people. He stated that, “Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good.” After meeting the Pope, the openly atheist president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, compared Francis to a friendly neighbor. Source: theguardian.com

11. He condemned the global financial system

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In May, Francis denounced the global financial system for tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods. He believes that, “Money has to serve, not to rule!” Source: timesofmalta.com

12. He fought child abuse

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The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent years by allegations and admissions of child abuse by members of the Church. Pope Francis became the first Pope to take effective action against such atrocities. He ammended Vatican law to make sexual abuse of children a crime, and he also established a committee to fight abuse. Source: bbc.co.uk

13. He condemned the violence of the Syrian civil war

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In regard to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Pope Francis asked for peace and declared that, “War, never again. Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence.” Source: reuters.com

14. He redirected employee bonuses to charity

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When a new Pope is elected, Vatican employees receive a bonus. Upon his election, the extra money was given to directly to charity instead. Source: washingtonpost.com

15. He spoke out against the Church’s ‘obsession’ with abortion, gay marriage and contraception

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In a voice of reason, Francis shocked the Catholic world when he stated that the Church was an unhealthy obsession with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. He criticized the Church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. Source: nytimes.com

16. He called for cooperation between Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead Angelus at VaticanSource: catholicsun.org

During his Angelus address, Francis paid respect to the end of Ramadan. He stated that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and he hoped that Christians and Muslims would work together to promote mutual respect.

Source: catholicherald.co.uk

17. He took part in a selfie

17.Source: telegraph.co.uk

In what might be his most progressive feat of all, Pope Francis met with youngsters to be part of a truly remarkable selfie. His is embracing the present, and he is undoubtedly taking the Church to a more loving and accepting future.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

18. He invited homeless men to his birthday meal

Pope Francis and archbishop Konrad Krajewski welcome some homeless men at the VaticanSource: theguardian.com

On December 17, Pope Francis invited a group of homeless men and their dog into the Vatican to share his birthday meal along with his staff. The Pope had decided that he wanted a small birthday event, which would do some good, rather than a large and expensive event. Source: theguardian.com

19. He refused to send away a child who had run on stage to hug him

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During the Year of Faith Celebrations, a young boy ran on stage as the Pope was giving a speech. When assistants tried to remove the boy, Francis allowed him to stay. Source: buzzfeed.com


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