The day, Francis said, will give Catholics an opportunity to ask God's help in protecting creation and for forgiveness for "sins against the world."
Believers cannot sit out the effort to restore creation after years of abuse, a speaker told diocesan social action directors during their annual Social Action Summer Institute.
"To be at odds with creation is to be at odds with God," Dominican Sr. Kathleen McManus, associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland, said in a presentation to the institute's 275 participants. "And it's to be at odds with our neighbor and with our deepest selves."
Getting the food service at St. Xavier University to change from plastic to biodegradable cups doesn't seem like it's a big deal.
But for Guadalupe Avila, a senior at the Sisters of Mercy-sponsored school in Chicago, it showed that she and her fellow members of Students for Social Justice can make a difference when it comes to the earth's environmental future.
Now she's ready to tackle Congress.
I’m a fifth-generation Iowa farmer. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Garden of Eden while spending time in my own gardens and fields. It has to do with the weather.
Etsy.com recently went public as a stock and corporation. On its way to even greater monetary success, it gave birth to Etsy.org, a non-profit that joins the e-commerce website for creative entrepreneurs in becoming a different kind of business.
My congregation became involved with Etsy in November when the Schumacher Center for a New Economics held its annual lecture in our meeting room at Judson Memorial Church here in New York City. Matt Stinchcomb of Etsy.com was the speaker. He gave us a lot to think about.
Eco Catholic: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Monday the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
Praise has been lavished internationally on Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change (Laudato Si'), both among Catholics and across interfaith lines.
However, strong conservatives and climate change deniers (they should actually be called "science deniers") have criticized either its content or the fact that the pope ventured into this realm in such a big way -- as if preserving the natural world were not a moral concern.
More than 170 evangelical leaders have sent President Barack Obama a letter backing a Clean Power Plan that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants.
The plan, which is expected to be released Monday, aims to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Coal industry leaders have said the plan will increase costs and have a minimal effect on climate change.
The letter from evangelicals says that 230,000 "pro-life Christians" have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the plan.
I used to say that I was a post-Christian kind of Christian, because it helped me explain some perennial confusions to myself.
For example, I believe in more than one road to the almighty, am married to a Jew and just had the bris for my third grandchild. The Muslim Consultative Network is in the office next to mine at my church, Judson Memorial Church, in Greenwich Village. The ecumenical magazine Christian Century has often said my writing was too Jewish, and the Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun complained that my writing is too Christian.
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has set a goal of benchmarking all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible.
He announced the goal during a news conference Friday at Old St. Mary's School on Michigan Avenue.
The news conference was held after Chicago's archbishop toured the school with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.