Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, a freelance writer, lives and works at the Sts. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her articles and reviews have appeared in America, Commonweal, US Catholic, the collection Nonviolence as a Way of Life: History, Theory, and Practice and Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia for US Peace and Anti-war Movements. Her profiles and investigative reporting have merited Catholic Press Awards. Claire and husband Scott have four children and three grandchildren. He runs marathons, and she, too, is still logging the miles.

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Holy waters: Prayer and protest against Line 3 pipeline at Mississippi headwaters

Commentary: At the Mississippi headwaters in June, I joined hundreds who have been fighting to stop construction of the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline. Indigenous women are at the forefront of this struggle to protect the water from potential oil spills.

Catholic activist sentenced for Dakota Access pipeline vandalism

Jessica Reznicek says concern, even desperation, over the threat DAPL posed to Iowa's waterways, motivated her efforts to sabotage the pipeline.


Louisiana Catholic environmental justice activist wins Goldman Prize

It was God "that put this fight in me," says Sharon Lavigne, a Black Catholic who has received the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize, recognizing her battle to keep plastics factories out of her Louisiana neighborhood.

Court rulings stall controversial plastics factory in Louisiana

Formosa Plastic Group's plan to build a manufacturing complex in St. James Parish has suffered setbacks after permits were put on hold, pending reevaluation of impacts on wetlands and Black-majority neighborhoods.