Eco Catholic

Government shutdown locks out Yosemite visitors on park's anniversary


If you had planned Tuesday to honor Yosemite National Park's 123rd anniversary by paying it a visit, think again. Thanks to the federal government shutdown, Yosemite's giant sequoia trees will commemorate this day alone.

"No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite," John Muir, 19th-century naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, wrote. No temple but the temple of man, it seems.

Papal gardens revive beehives while colonies collapse across globe


The pontifical honey harvest has commenced, with Pope Francis soon to receive a jar of the honeybees' hard work. While these bees' productivity will determine how long the amber liquid remains on the papal breakfast menu, others could have even farther-reaching effects, such as determining the course of the U.S. food supply. 

EPA carbon standards target new power plants


A first move toward enacting President Barack Obama’s climate plan targets the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States -- power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced proposals Friday to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by new power plants into the atmosphere. If adopted, they would become the first national carbon regulations imposed on power plants.

Animal trio shows people how to love their enemies


News that federal regulations may soon break up a friendship among a lion, tiger and bear has caused some people to exclaim more than “Oh my!”

Located in Locust Grove, Ga., Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is home to possibly the world’s only cohabiting lion, tiger and bear. But new regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture threaten to break up the trio after 12 years of communal living.

Petition lobbies for woman's ability to keep rescued deer, raccoons


In the state of Ohio, possessing wild animals is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. But the heart of Carol Deyo, a former veterinary technician, broke open at the sight of a 2-day-old fawn mangled by a hay cutter.

Deyo and her boyfriend bound up his wounds, named him Trooper and welcomed him into her farm family of goats, cats, horses, a pig and four orphaned raccoon kits. She later took in a second fawn, Patch, who was hit by a car and suffered from seizures, dehydration and starvation.

High tide for blessings in oceanside California diocese


Surfers won’t be the only ones waiting for the first waves Sunday morning at southern California’s Huntington Beach.

So, too, will a throng of thousands from area faith communities.

The sixth annual “Blessing of the Waves” will bring together swimmers, beach-lovers and, yes, surfers to pray and show spiritual appreciation for the ocean, its resources and all its inhabitants.

A call to bloom amid summer's shortening days


When summer begins its ending, I get sad. Even though the season is not what it used to be (and maybe never was), I still imagine there should be a few more long afternoons left for lying in the sun. Or for swimming. Or for thinking about sunning or swimming. 

I spent this summer playing tennis with people who say “Yabba Dabba Doo” after they hit a good shot. Let’s not call this quite “senior tennis,” but it is certainly not the high school team, either. I spent it, too, with grandchildren who put on their goggles and life vests to sit in the rubber kiddie pool on hot days.


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February 24-March 9, 2017