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Nurses Urge Pope Francis to Promote Health as Human Right

While climate change itself is scientifically proven, many of its impacts are still unknown. Although we can make some educated guesses — most of which are pretty scary — we can’t say with certainty how fast sea levels will rise, when and where droughts or floods will occur, and what species will be able to successfully adapt. […]

July 28th

Why Won’t Catholics Divest?

In his recently released environmental encyclical, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis urges us all — Catholic and non-Catholics — to take climate action by divesting. “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels — especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas […]

July 13th

Why the Encyclical Has Lasting Power

You may have heard — last Thursday, Pope Francis issued an environmental encyclical called “Laudato Sii: On the Care for Our Common Home.” In the document, he praised the beauty and love of Sister, Mother Earth and urged us all — Catholics and non-Catholics — to protect her. I have to admit that I hungrily devoured all […]

June 24th

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

A Successful Vatican Climate Change Forum, Mostly

With a goal of establishing common perspectives between faith leaders, politicians, and scientists, Pope Francis hosted a Climate Change Symposium at the Vatican on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Entitled Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the interfaith, interdisciplinary symposium was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, […]

May 11th

Does the Pope Believe Every Sperm Is Sacred?

There is no question that Pope Francis believes Creation is sacred. He has voiced concerns about fracking, dirty mining and unbridled consumerism. He has called exploitation of nature a sin. He has hosted summits and workshops on climate change and called on Catholics to take action. And, in one month, he will publish the much-anticipated papal […]

May 6th

Pope Gets Help From Climate Change Skeptics

Sometimes I come across a rare gem of environmental news that just seems too incredible to believe. I’m talking about a piece of news that reads like an article in the fake-news publication The Onion, like Alabama state officials calling carbon emission rules a violation of God’s laws. My latest favorite: The Heartland Institute — the world’s leading […]

April 27th

Vatican Announces New Climate Conference

Last week, the Vatican announced plans to host a major climate-change conference on April 28 entitled, “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development.” The conference is the latest announcement in Pope Francis’s faith-based campaign to raise awareness about climate change. According to the Vatican’s statement: “The goal of […]

April 20th