Eco Catholic: As part of its five-day interfaith assembly, the Parliament of the World’s Religions held sessions on religious dialogue and produced six declarations, addressing climate change and other issues.
Catholic relief workers were on their way to a typhoon-stricken portion of the northern Philippines, including an area from which there had been no communication, after the storm made landfall over the weekend.
Catholic Relief Services country director Joe Curry said teams from his agency and Caritas Philippines were making their way to at least three provinces in central and eastern Luzon, where much of the damaging floods have been reported.
There’s always room for one more needy soul seeking shelter at a Catholic Worker house.
The same was true when three folks fleeing from a major fire in northern California last month showed up at the Sonora home of Chris and Joan Montesano with five critters in tow -- two guinea pigs, two cats and one parrot. The retired couple didn’t bat an eye.
Congo's Catholic bishops criticized the failure of Western governments to stop the abuse of the continent's natural resources and urged church groups to follow the pope's call to mobilize.
"It is our profound conviction that exploiting these resources can contribute to improving our population's conditions of life," the bishops' commission for natural resources said in a statement in late September.
Eco Catholic: I believe an acoustics of the heart and the Earth is a key theological and spiritual source for the bold cultural revolution Laudato Si' invites.
If Laudato Si’ offered a light on the path to a Paris climate agreement, the U.S. ought to be the one carrying the lantern, said the pope’s chief encyclical envoy Monday at Boston College.
Accompanied by oversized replica of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," former Catholic seminarian Paul Flansburg took his place on the line with 18 others in a human blockade.
Their goal Aug. 18 was to stop business as usual at a natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas storage facility operated by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners along the southwest shore of Seneca Lake in New York's picturesque Finger Lakes region.
And they did for 25 minutes.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.
There will be at least one empty seat next week in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol, scene of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated address to a joint session of Congress.
The seat holder? U.S. Representative Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona.
The reason? Climate change.
Just blocks here from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Franciscan Action Network and others are on day four of a 10-day fast for action to keep global warming below 1.5 degree Celsius. The fast will end with the beginning of a Day of Atonement celebration and overnight vigil that will culminate with Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Sept. 24.