Eco Catholic: The initiative launches April 23 with a workshop for evaluating the environmental sustainability of parish activities through the lens of Catholic values.
Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X.
Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She's currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli from the raised beds, a new initiative of the parish garden ministry.
These vegetables go to the parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which has given the fresh produce to families in need since the growing season began.
A third of British Catholics say they would consider “greening” their lifestyles should Pope Francis make an official statement on climate change.
The pledge came from a recent poll of 1,000 Catholics in England and Wales conducted by YouGov and CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The 33 percent who said they would opt for greener choices, such as recycling or driving less, would account for more than 1 million Catholics in Britain.
Eco Catholic: "These women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon. They're as well-versed in solar and geothermal technology as they are the Gospels of Luke and John."