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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.

Cardinal George back in hospital for hydration issues, pain management

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Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of hydration issues and pain management, according to archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Burritt.

In a brief statement Saturday, Burritt said the cardinal had requested the update about his health be released. "He asks for and is grateful for your continued prayers," she added.

No further information was available.

Loyola-Chicago climate conference discusses 'nuts and bolts' of fossil fuel divestment

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The second day of the three-day Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference began with a panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels.

The Friday morning panel, titled “The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment,” was chaired by Bruce Boyd, principal and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a company that works with foundations to improve planetary health and is now measuring global commitment to divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in alternative, clean energy sources. 

Chicago Cardinal Francis George hospitalized for tests to evaluate his condition

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Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center on Sunday to undergo several days of tests.

A news release from the Chicago archdiocese on Tuesday said the tests were being conducted to evaluate his condition since he stopped treatment for cancer in late January.

"The cardinal continues to count on the prayers of so many who have written to wish him God's blessings," the statement said.

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