Stephanie Clary is NCR environment editor. Her email address is . Follow her on Twitter at @scherp01.

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Why doesn't a pro-life Catholic Church offer paid leave for new mothers?

NCR Connections: It's embarrassing that an institution so supposedly committed to supporting families and proclaiming its "pro-life" stance isn't a leader in offering guaranteed paid parental leave for its laborers.

EarthBeat Weekly: Laudato Si' is about connection, community as much as carbon footprints

EarthBeat Weekly: Pope Francis' encyclical reminds us our call to care for creation has just as much to do with our relationships with each other, other creatures and God as it does with sustainability.