A series of college events and conferences will give attention to Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical each day next week, highlighted by two cardinals going from one campus to the next.
Mexico is mopping up after Hurricane Patricia hit its Pacific Coast with Category 5 strength, but left surprising little damage and few deaths, given the severity of the storm.
An official with Caritas Mexico, the church's charitable arm, says the storm left a mess in parts of the dioceses serving the western states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit with flooding and property damage, but mostly impacted small settlements and rural areas -- which were being provided with assistance from parishes diocesan collections.
Eco Catholic: The collective call comes from the heads of six continental bishops' conferences, as well as leaders of the church in the U.S., Canada and the Orient.
Most Americans see a conflict between the findings of science and the teachings of religion.
But “see” is the operative word in a new Pew Research Center report issued Thursday.
Examining perceptions leads to some unexpected findings.
While 59 percent of U.S. adults say they saw science and religion in conflict, that drops to 30 percent when people are asked about their own religious beliefs.
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.