Global warming

Global Lenten carbon fast returns to US on Thursday

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For a second year, numerous Catholics across America plan to abstain Thursday from carbs as well as carbon-heavy activities, as part of worldwide relay-style, climate-focused Lenten fast.

The Lenten Fast for Climate Justice began its second iteration on Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday, and has involved 54 countries in the now-annual tradition. The ritual is organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which drew inspiration from similar fasts undertaken by other faith groups.

The political implications of 'Laudato Si''

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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.

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December 2-15, 2016

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