We often hear that if the global population grows, we will run out of food and therefore more people will descend into poverty. Does this make any sense? Watch this video to find out! This is the fourth episode of PRI's popular POP 101 series, taking a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.
Pope Benedict XVI is citing the United Nations and other experts in affirming that global food production is capable of feeding the world population. But, he says, millions "do not have their daily bread" because of egotism.
Sexual discrimination isn't limited to the workplace. In many countries around the world unborn baby girls are being singled out for elimination. Journalist Mara Hvistendahl chronicles the origins and extent of this in "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, And the Consequences of a World Full of Men." Visit this article for a review of her book by Fr. John Flynn.
On 9 June 2011, the Pope gave his firmest environmental message. The Pope called for a new lifestyle that respects the environment and avoids the “demise of humanity.” He specifically called for concrete measures to promote the development of renewable energy.
As of April 2011, the country of Hungary has a new constitution. It highlights the country's Christian roots by stating that life begins at the moment of conception. It also says all its citizens have a right to life and human dignity.
World Youth Day Madrid 2011 will go down in history as the greenest and most environmentally friendly. The website “Carpooling Madrid 11” has been part of the solution. Its mission is to support young adults in Europe by helping them find carpools or public transportation routes to limit CO2 emissions.
The devastating scene left by the massive F-5 tornado that hit Joplin the evening of May 22 can best be described as apocalyptic. Visit this article to read some of the heroic stories from the tornado survivors, as they struggle rebuild their lives after the disaster.
A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri when it tore through the heart of the small city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Weather officials said the tornado that hit the city of 50,000 at dinner time on Sunday was the deadliest single tornado in the country since 1947 and the ninth-deadliest tornado of all time. Please keep those suffering in your prayers!
China is under pressure to change its one-child family planning policy following publication of the latest census figures. The census has confirmed the trend toward a rapidly aging population, and noted that there are 34 million more men then women. This is the result of sex selective abortions, facilitated by the use of ultrasound. Fr. John Flynn looks at the population crisis in China, in this article.
Parishioners in one Louisiana town are ‘stressed, concerned and praying fervently’ during this time of uncertainty before Mississippi swelling eases.
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