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Chicago's bitter cold doesn't stop march against 'culture of death'

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Dana Mentgen donned six layers of clothing and made the trek downtown to Chicago's Federal Plaza Jan. 17 because he felt it was important to witness for life against the "culture of death."

"I think the majority of people are pro-life. It's just that we've been silent too long. We have to speak out," said Mentgen, a parishioner at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek.

Conference presents black Catholic perspective on climate change

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Since the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, the conversation about how the church responds to the negative effects of climate change has become more and more prevalent.

The issue reverberates stronger in poorer neighborhoods, whose residents will likely feel first -- and hardest -- the effects of climate change: whether exacerbated asthma attacks due to poor air quality, or higher health risks from more frequent summer heat waves. In Chicago, that often means those suffering are disproportionately people of color.

Chicago archdiocese commits to energy-efficient buildings in response to pope's encyclical

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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.

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