Saint Mary’s to host outdoor Mass to celebrate St. Francis, creation

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to attend “Mass on the Grass” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Le Mans Circle, an event celebrating the Catholic Church’s Season of Creation.“There’s a season of creation going on in the Church,” director of campus ministry Regina Wilson said. “It’s ending on October 4 … it was a season to honor creation, to learn more about it and celebrate it so we appropriately decided to do Mass, on the grass, which we have never done before.”The Mass will also be in honor of St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day is also Wednesday.“[St. Francis was] a 13th-century man who heard the invitation to live a radical life of Christian discipleship,” Wilson said. “What I mean by radical life of Christian discipleship is in communion with all of creation, living nonviolently and living a life of poverty.”Wilson said she believes one of the reasons St. Francis has become more popular is because of the current pope.“I think he’s become more relevant since Pope Francis,” she said. “He is one of the saints that his chosen name Francis comes from … and Pope Francis cites part of St. Francis’s famous canticle of creation in ‘Laudato si.’”Wilson said St. Francis has also come to popularity because of his concern for the earth.“I think that he is an example [for] people who are very much interested in and concerned about the state of our planet,” she said. “People throughout creation look to him as an example of how Christians are called to care and see how we are in creation and how we are in communion with it.”Wilson said the “radical” way St. Francis lived his life is another reason why he is fascinating to people.“His commitment to living a life of poverty I think draws a lot of people now who are interested in what I would consider a radical Christian life,” she said. Campus Ministry decided to celebrate the Mass outside, in order to fully celebrate the Season of Creation.“People can be outside and celebrate Mass in a setting close to creation,” Wilson said. “The Eucharist connects us to creation, the bread and wine are fruit of the Earth and work of human hands so they connect us to creation. This is to celebrate Francis who is the saint of creation and to give glory to God through all of that.”Tags: creation, Mass, St. Francislast_img read more

BHP to sell its Mt. Arthur thermal coal mine in Australia

first_imgBHP to sell its Mt. Arthur thermal coal mine in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The world’s largest mining company BHP Group has hired Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan to sell its Australian thermal coal mine, three sources said, as miners face increasing pressure to reduce their exposure to fossil fuels.BHP’s Mt Arthur open cut mine, in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, supplies thermal coal used as fuel for power plants, to domestic and international customers. Prices have tumbled this year, slashing BHP’s likely sale price to less than $1 billion, two banking sources said.BHP previously said that the thermal coal business is a very small part of their portfolio, contributing about 3% of turnover and said in February that if a good offer came along they would be willing to sell.Activist investor Elliott, which holds a 4.7% stake in the mining company, has pushed for the sale of BHP’s thermal coal assets, which include one third of the Cerrejon mine in Colombia. BHP has also been pressured by green groups and some shareholders to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company’s support for the 2015 Paris climate accord.Rival mining companies have also taken steps to go thermal coal free, with Rio Tinto selling its last coal mines in 2018, and Anglo American considering the spinoff or sale of its South African coal operations within the next two or three years.There is a handful of companies including Australia’s Whitehaven Coal Ltd, China’s Yancoal and India’s Adani Enterprises that have expressed interest in the Mt Arthur mine, the sources said.[Clara Denina, Melanie Burton and Zandi Shabalala]More: BHP puts Australian thermal coal mine up for sale: sourceslast_img read more