Environment

Vatican listens to ‘cry of poor, cry of the Earth’ during pandemic

Pope Francis' vision of "integral human development" and "integral ecology" involves identifying the connections between the condition of human beings and the condition of the environment, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.
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CRS unveils hunger awareness campaign as pandemic hinders access to food

As tens of millions more people are at risk of acute hunger because of the global coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Relief Services is embarking on a campaign to raise awareness, advocate and raise funds to head off the brewing crisis.
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Laudato Si’ Week is May 16-24

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the encyclical on the care for the environment, Laudato Si', Pope Francis has invited Catholics to participate in a nine-day global campaign of prayer and action from May 16-24. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.”
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Creation is sacred gift deserving respect, care, pope says on Earth Day

Humanity has failed to take care of the earth and its inhabitants, sinning against God and his gift of creation, Pope Francis said.
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Five years after Laudato Si, and 50 after the first Earth Day

Let this five years’ marking of Laudato Si and 50 years’ celebration of Earth Day impel our desires to know and accept our sacred place like never before.
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Pope shares his ‘dreams’ for Amazon region, its Catholic community

Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church is present and active with "Amazonian features."
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Australian Catholics seek prayers as fires continue in four states

As some of the worst wildfires in Australian history rage across four states, thousands of people in affected areas in New South Wales and Victoria continue to be evacuated to safety.
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NDP joins School Sisters of Notre Dame in nudging shoppers to help environment

Amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping outside a Giant food store in North Baltimore Dec. 7, a small group of School Sisters of Notre Dame joined teachers and students from Notre Dame Preparatory School in gently nudging shoppers to protect the environment.
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Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says

Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching.
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Success in protecting ozone layer offers lessons for future, pope says

Decades of fruitful international cooperation on protecting the earth's ozone layer serve as an important lesson for guiding collaboration needed today, Pope Francis said.
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Washington Archdiocese’s solar array touted as model for church agencies

The sun shone on Catholic Charities, literally, Oct. 17 as Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blessed a solar array installed on five acres of the agency's land surrounding the Missionaries of Charity's Gift of Peace home.
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First synod talks look at climate, priests, inculturation, Vatican says

Climate change, water resources, inculturation and indigenous practices were among the topics discussed during the first afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
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