Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Dorothy Stang’s persistent activism on behalf of Brazil’s poor and the earth is well known to environmental and social justice activists throughout the world. Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of her death at the hands of hired guns.
As hearts aflutter with romance ahead of Valentine’s Day, climate advocates have breaking up on the mind.
With fossil fuels, that is.
Monday afternoon at the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering here, Franciscan sister and theologian Ilia Delio, Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Change Covenant and Eric Garundo of Catholic Relief Services presented a workshop on Pope Francis' vision for environmental activism.
The workshop anticipates that Francis will promulgate an encyclical on the environment and development late this sprint or early this summer.
The founding director of the Catholic Climate Covenant told a Washington audience Feb. 9 that he hopes people can find unity around the need to stop and reverse climate change "because we are in deep trouble."
Eco Catholic: "She befriended and defended the farmers, the forest and all its wildlife because ... they [are] an expression and reflection of the Holy One."
Acts of conservation of the earth are not “going green” but being Christian, Pope Francis said Monday during his morning Mass.
Vatican Radio reported that the remarks came as Francis reflected on the creation of the universe passage in the Book of Genesis, what he referred to as the “first creation.”
Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, especially given the threat of climate change, Pope Francis said.
At Alternet, Cliff Weathers asks: "Is Fracking Really Dying?"
"North Dakota’s numerous gas flares, even visible from the International Space Station, are flickering out as tens of thousands of energy workers are being given their pink slips," Weathers writes. "Small North Dakota towns recently bustling with workers and other fortune seekers are returning to the rural tranquility they once knew."
The Senate’s affirmative vote on the Keystone XL transnational pipeline Thursday came to the disappointment of numerous faith groups, who view the project as harmful to the environment and human health, both now and in the future.
Eco Catholic: "Clearly, the pope wants actions, and he wants real commitments, and we do as well, and we're providing them."