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California’s Interfaith Community Unites for the Climate

Last week California Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), celebrated 22 amazing California congregations and groups at its 9th annual Cool Climate Awards. It was my second year attending the event, and I was once again inspired by the ways the winners reduced their energy and water consumption, advocated for more climate action, and educated their communities. But this […]

November 16th

Summary of Pope’s Environmental Encyclical

Pope Francis has released the first ever papal encyclical focused solely on the environment. The document titled, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home” describes environmentalism as a moral duty for everyone — not just a religious duty for Catholics, or a matter of politics or economics. The much-anticipated, hotly debated, and hugely influential 184-page […]

June 19th

Pope’s Environmental Encyclical: What We Know So Far

Pope Francis (Photo available on Flickr) Last Saturday, Salesian Father Guiseppe Costa, director of the Vatican publishing house, told reporters that the much-anticipated papal encyclical on the environment will be titled “Laudato Sii” (Praised be), and will be released June 16th. While the Vatican press office declined to confirm Fr. Costa’s statements, his leak turned […]

June 3rd

Love Thy Neighbor by Loving the Earth

The core of Catholic Social Teachings is consistent respect for life at every stage — a continuum of faith in God-given human dignity sometimes known as “the seamless garment.” Examples are the Church’s stand on abortion and its opposition to the death penalty and euthanasia. While respecting the obligations of citizens to their government, the […]

St. Francis Inspires Young Adults to Environmental Work

It’s hard to imagine how Fancesco di Bernardone, the rich, rowdy, debaucherous teenager from Assisi, became the venerable Saint Francis he’s known as today. Francis’s change may have been inspired by the traumatic year he spent in a dank prison, with rats, after his army was defeated. Or the change may have been inspired by a divine calling. […]

February 27th