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US Bishops urge Trump administration to care for creation
US Bishops urge Trump administration to care for creation

In a letter to the United States Secretary of State on Friday, chairmen of the US Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President of Catholic Relief Services, urged the Administration to do everything they can to care for creation both domestically and globally. Building upon Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si'. . . the letter emphasizes the importance of adaptation policies and specifically calls for continued US support of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Green Climate Fund,

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Campaigners pledge to continue fighting 'toxic' CETA trade deal
Campaigners pledge to continue fighting 'toxic' CETA trade deal

Church, civil society groups and environmentalists in Europe and Canada pledged to continue to protest, after the European Parliament approved a landmark free trade deal with Canada on Wednesday. EU lawmakers backed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by 408-254 votes. Critics argue that CETA will erode labour laws and environmental standards and allow multinational companies to dictate public policy. The Columbans said in a statement: "The Columbans have supported the campaigns to tackle CETA and the TTIP, on the basis that both agreements

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Ireland: Laudato Si' is theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017
Ireland: Laudato Si' is theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017

On Sunday 29 January Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, will be the chief celebrant and preacher at Mass to mark the opening of Catholic Schools Week 2017. This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio and television from the Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Portlaoise, which has a capacity for 1,800 people. This year's theme, 'Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home' has been informed by Laudato Si', the 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis on care for our common home.

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Churches and finance experts find common ground on fossil fuel divestment
Churches and finance experts find common ground on fossil fuel divestment

Church moves to disinvest from fossil fuels, shareholder action on extractive industries, and the call by Pope Francis in Laudato Si' for an energy transition from fossil fuels have all been credited by financial sector experts for helping move them in the direction of sustainable development. The experts were gathered at Southwark's Anglican Cathedral on 6 October for a day, titled 'Investing sustainably: Protecting financial assets and supporting the transition to a zero-carbon future'. They met with representatives from several Christian denominations, including Catholic, Church of England - particularly a number of

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Columban Missionaries pledge to divest from Fossil Fuels
Columban Missionaries pledge to divest from Fossil Fuels

The Columban Missionaries have pledged to divest from fossil fuels. They have issued the following statement for the feast of St Francis of Assisi. Inspired by Pope Francis and in honour of September's Season of Creation and the Feast of St Francis, the Missionary Society of St Columban pledges to take steps to divest from fossil fuels. In addition, we commit to putting resources into Positive Impact Investing alternatives. Pope Francis is leading the way for Catholic institutions to choose a Divest - Reinvest strategy when he writes in

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Laudato Si Days in Westminster Archdiocese
Laudato Si Days in Westminster Archdiocese

Two events are to be held to discuss the local and global effects of climate change, the message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si', and practical ways for Catholics to get involved. 'Laudato Si and Care for Creation- where next?' is the title of days to be held at Our Lady of Grace and St Edward in Chiswick on 1 October, 10am-1pm, and Our Lady of Victories in Kensington on 15 October 10.30am - 1.30pm.

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Youth groups at WYD call on Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels
Youth groups at WYD call on Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels

During World Youth Day in Krakow, youth groups from around the world are calling on Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels, in line with the call Pope Francis has made to "care for our common home". An open letter signed by youth groups of all faiths internationally calls on Pope Francis to ask Catholic organizations, including the Vatican, to divest from fossil fuels. The letter will be published in Krakow during the vigil organized by 350.org. By calling out the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry on

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Sixteen Catholic dioceses move to green energy
Sixteen Catholic dioceses move to green energy

Sixteen of the 21 Catholic dioceses in England and Wales are moving to 'green' energy. In Laudato Si' Pope Francis encourages all communities to look at ways in which they can lower their carbon footprint. The new alliance between Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd (IFM) and Churchmarketplace (CMP) means that more than 3,200 parishes will be buying electricity from 'green' suppliers of renewable sources - and seeing their bills lowered. IFM is a fuel procurement company which was set up by a number of Catholic dioceses in 1994.

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Laudato Si Week - 'Don't let this Laudato Si moment pass'
Laudato Si Week - 'Don't let this Laudato Si moment pass'

The first anniversary of Laudato Si', the papal encyclical on 'Care for our Common Home', was marked in Sri Lanka by a weekend in Colombo focusing on each chapter of Laudato Si'. The event included exhibitions, mini conferences, learning about organic agriculture, and short films. "We distributed the translation of the encyclical among groups to come up with ideas and it has taken readers through the process of seeing, judging and acting with regard to the ecological and environmental crisis we are facing today," said an organiser. One

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Laudato Si' Week 12-19 June 2016
Laudato Si' Week 12-19 June 2016

The first anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' is being marked by Laudato Si' Week, organised by the Global Catholic Climate Movement. One year ago, on 18 June 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. Laudato Si' Week is an international celebration to reflect upon the Laudato Si' message and highlight global action bringing it to life. On the day of the encyclical launch last year, I was interviewed live on the BBC's Today Programme and Premier Radio....Cardinal Vincent Nichols held

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ACTA Leeds launches new website
ACTA Leeds launches new website

A new ACTA (A Call to Action) Leeds website was launched last Saturday during an event at Leeds Trinity University titled 'Papal Vision - Parish Reality'. Speakers Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC and Dr Paul Kelly of the National Justice and Peace Network Environment Group gave presentations on the vision which Pope Francis set out in Evangelii Gaudium (2013) and Laudato Si' (2015), and then Andrew Thomson and Denise Mason looked at ACTA and Parish Practice in the Diocese of Leeds.

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Lord Stern speaks on climate change and Laudato Si' at LSE
Lord Stern speaks on climate change and Laudato Si' at LSE

The LSE Student Catholic Society and the Department of Housing and Communities held an exciting discussion on Thursday 10 March, with renowned environmental economist Lord Nicholas Stern, and Human Rights professor Conor Gearty, who is also a Catholic. The dialogue between these two was chaired by Catholic Anne Power, professor of Social Policy and head of the Housing and Communities department. The discussion was attended by a packed audience of around 135 people in a hall designed for 120, and was a mix of

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Meeting of Bishops from Americas ends with sense of 'urgency to make mercy practical'
Meeting of Bishops from Americas ends with sense of 'urgency to make mercy practical'

Fourteen bishops representing the Catholic Church in Canada, Latin America and the United States concluded three days of prayer and dialogue at the 38th Meeting of the Bishops of the Church in America, February 25. Gathering together after the two visits of Pope Francis to the region, the bishops spoke of a strong sense of fraternity and solidarity as they shared their pastoral experiences of being one Church in America. Participating in the meeting were the elected officers of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Latin

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Bishops from the Americas gather in Tampa, Florida
Bishops from the Americas gather in Tampa, Florida

The 40th meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Church in America is taking place in Tampa, Florida, from 22 to 25 February, with the presidents of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Latin American Episcopal Council taking part. This gathering gives an opportunity to the three major organizations of Catholic Bishops from the Western hemisphere to discuss recent developments and also reflect on a specific theme.

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Cardinal Turkson: Laudato si' calls for ecological conversion
Cardinal Turkson: Laudato si' calls for ecological conversion

The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, today (Friday 15 January 2016) spoke during a special event at the International Conference Centre Geneva in Geneva discussing Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter Laudato si'. "Pope Francis puts forward the concept of integral ecology, which clearly respects the human and social dimensions of the crisis," Cardinal Turkson said. "This is an inclusive, dynamic paradigm to articulate the fundamental relationships of each person with God, with other human beings including him or herself, and

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Booking now for first Catholic People's Weeks of 2016
Booking now for first Catholic People's Weeks of 2016

What can we do to hear the cry of the poor and of the Earth, as promoted by Laudato Si'? What can we do to try and abolish war? How can we be peacemakers, which includes nurturing peace in our own lives? Pope Francis has levelled harsh words at those who manage or benefit from the systems that perpetuate poverty, wreak havoc on the planet, and wage war. He repeatedly links war and preparations for war to poverty, climate change and ecological devastation...

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Ode to God's Creation in Notre Dame de Paris
Ode to God's Creation in Notre Dame de Paris

In the spirit of Laudato Si', and to link in with the UN Climate talks in Paris, the city's Notre Dame Cathedral is exhibiting tapestries by Benedictine monk Dom Robert (1907-1997) from En Calcat abbey, near Toulouse. Six sumptuous tapestries on the theme 'Ode to Nature' are on display in the nave until 2 February 2016. They come from public and private collections, and focus exclusively on the natural world. The tapestries, among the most iconic and larger sizes produced by Dom Robert, are centred on his lifetime of observation of the flora and fauna

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Pope prays for Paris climate conference
Pope prays for Paris climate conference

Pope Francis prayed for the success of the Paris Climate Change conference during his address after the Angelus on Sunday. The Holy Father said that as he follows the work of the conference closely, he remembers the question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si': "What kind of world do we want to pass on to those who come after us, to the children who are growing up? The Holy Father then urged that: "for the sake of the common home we share and for future generations, every effort should be made, in Paris to mitigate the impact of climate change and,

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Paris Blog 9:  What does 'ecological conversion' look like?
Paris Blog 9: What does 'ecological conversion' look like?

What does 'ecological conversion' look like? It's an important question for Catholics in the light of Laudato Si', the environment papal encyclical. During my last visit today to the venue of the UN Climate conference - COP21 - it was on my mind, particularly since the conference focus is turning very specifically to action responses to climate change. Along with hundreds of others I treaded the well-worn path to the 'Climate Generations Area', a massive space for exhibitions and meetings

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Leeds Diocese 'Climate Change Conference'
Leeds Diocese 'Climate Change Conference'

The Leeds Justice and Peace Day on Saturday was opened by the Chair of the Justice and Peace Commission, John Battle, who reflected that the Commission has been highlighting the Church's social teaching for 40 years, and its current campaigns are: 'Poverty in the UK', 'Palestine', and 'Climate Change'. With the help of three speakers the Saturday event focused on Climate Change and links with the Pope's environment encyclical 'Laudato Si'. It was held at St Benedict's Parish Centre in Garforth, and, at the end of the day, panels along one side of the centre

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Vocation for Justice Winter Issue
Vocation for Justice Winter Issue

The Winter Columban magazine, Vocation for Justice, is now out. It focuses on the Call of Laudato Si' to listen to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor. The Paris Climate Conference in late November/December is flagged up, along with ideas for engaging with the conference. Columban Sean McDonagh, a consultant to Laudato Si', calls for a three-year Synod to educate Catholics about it, while Westminster Justice and Peace advertises the second part of its cycle ride to Paris which will arrive as the talks start. Expectations of the conference are given in the

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Liverpool Laudato Si' Day with Columban missionaries
Liverpool Laudato Si' Day with Columban missionaries

Around 140 people attended a 'Faith and Creation' day at Liverpool's LACE Centre on Saturday, organised by Columban missionaries and Liverpool Archdiocese Justice and Peace Commission. They represented more than 30 parishes of the Liverpool Archdiocese, and some in Shrewsbury, Lancaster and Wrexham. Other groups present included the Liverpool University Chaplaincy, CAFOD, Pax Christi, Pauline Media, Traidcraft, and Faiths for Change. The day explored responses to Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si', and the hymn of the same name was

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US Archbishop welcomes Obama's Clean Power Plan, citing need to 'care for God's creation'
US Archbishop welcomes Obama's Clean Power Plan, citing need to 'care for God's creation'

"A new national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants is an important step forward to protect the health of all people, especially children, the elderly, and poor and vulnerable communities, from harmful pollution and the impacts of climate change," said Archbishop Thomas G Wenski of Miami, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement of a new final rule limiting carbon pollution, on 3 August. Recently finalized carbon pollution standards will reduce carbon pollution from power plants,

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US Bishops urge Congress to legislate to reduce carbon emissions
US Bishops urge Congress to legislate to reduce carbon emissions

The chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has urged Congress to answer Pope Francis' call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. "The US bishops stand united with the Holy Father in his call to protect creation," said Archbishop Thomas G Wenski of Miami, in letters to the US. Senate and House of Representatives.

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CAFOD: In Laudate Si, Pope Francis is challenging us to act  + PETITION
CAFOD: In Laudate Si, Pope Francis is challenging us to act + PETITION

In the most radical encyclical focused on environmental issues, Laudato Si', Pope Francis has today challenged the world to act on the greatest threats facing the human family: climate change, growing global inequality and the destruction of nature. These threats are, the Pope says, a result of a world which has put profit and the drive for relentless growth above all other considerations... "Pope Francis is reading the signs of his times and telling us that the human and environmental costs of our current way of life are simply too high," said Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at CAFOD.

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Cardinal Nichols introduces Laudato Si + audio
Cardinal Nichols introduces Laudato Si + audio

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, together with Fr Augusto Zampini, a moral theologian from Argentina and adviser to CAFOD, launched Pope Francis' first Encyclical Laudato Si at a press conference on Thursday at Our Lady and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Poplar, East London. The setting could not have been more symbolic. The newly-built school* with state of the art eco features, lies under the shadow of Canary Wharf with its many banks and corporations.

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