Environment

Repent, convert, pray, give up fossil fuels, pope says

"Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, toward forms of clean energy," Pope Francis said as he marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
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Pope, bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

Describing the Amazon rainforest as "vital for our planet," Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there.
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In new interview, pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an "urgent" gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview.
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Praising God for gift of creation leads to respect for it, pope says

The pope said the current situation in the South American rainforest “is a sad paradigm of what is happening in many parts of the planet.”
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To protect Earth, change lifestyles, say church, indigenous leaders

Participants at the Washington gathering looked at some of the data showing what can happen if places such as the Amazon keep experiencing deforestation at the current rate.
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Names & Numbers: Schools embrace environment; ‘Men in Black’ winners on basketball court

The latest installment of Names and Numbers features schools embracing to the environment, honors for a Baltimore hospital leader, musicians from a local high school and more.
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Pope applauds patriarch’s call to protect the planet, protect people

Pope Francis said that when he was on the Greek island of Lesbos, "while enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who had for the most part sought only to escape inhumane...
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Archbishop Lori’s Remarks: “The Distinctive Gift of Consecrated Life for the New Evangelization”

Thank goodness this Assembly takes place in the afterglow of Pentecost! That Solemnity makes it clear that bearing witness to the Risen Lord and spreading the Good News are only possible by the gift of the Spirit.
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Holy Cows: Partnership in Howard County aids those in need in Baltimore City

Part of the shrine’s acreage was leased for farming that used pesticides. Upon re-evaluating, the friars determined that the current usage was not cohesive with the message of the Franciscans on being stewards of the land.
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Archbishop Gregory opens Mid-Atlantic Congress with keynote address on creation

The evidence seems to be incontrovertible that human beings are not tending the world as God created it, the archbishop said.
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Baltimore Archdiocese completes 20-year solar energy deal with Constellation

The agreement is expected to generate “approximately 20 percent of the archdiocese’s energy needs.”
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Pope’s encyclical sparks important discussion

“Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”
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