Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat (oxforddictionaries.com).
Usually, the presence of a variety of species is a sign of a healthy environment. The elimination of a species or the introduction of an invasive species could cause a collapse of that ecosystem. Humans depend on the existence of these ecosystems much more than we understand.
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis, speaks about the importance of biodiversity. To reread sections #32 - 42, click here.
To watch a short video on the web of life, click here.
CORRECTION: WE HAD INCORRECTLY NOTED THAT THE FELICIAN SISTERS WERE NOT FRANCISCAN. THIS WAS INCORRECT...OUR APOLOGIES...CORRECTION MADE.
Today, there are between 21-30 million people enslaved in the world, more than at any time in human history.
Every day, modern slavery can be recognized everywhere in the world: children become soldiers, young women are forced into prostitution, migrant workers are exploited in the workforce and children and adults are trafficked for the extraction of body organs.
The Stop Trafficking Newsletter cosponsored by the Felician Sisters of North America may be accessed by clicking here. January's edition highlights the role of the internet in human trafficking, both good and bad!!
The January Reflection from United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking may be accessed by clicking here. This month's reflection, Study, Pray, Act is by Carol Davis, OP.