Catholic perspectives on climate change and our responsibility to care for creation.

April 13th, 2015

Fair Trade Coffee’s Climate Change

Dolores Calero is one of thousands of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fair Trade farmers in Nicaragua. In 2007, I interviewed Dolores for my book Solidarity Will Transform the World. In sharing her story, I explained how Fair Trade coffee changed Dolores’ life, raising her family out of poverty and building peace in the Matagalpa coffee […]

April 6th, 2015

Christ’s hope revealed in the success of the Lenten Fast for Climate Justice

April 5, 2015 – Today we rejoice in the glory of our risen Lord. As we look back on the days leading up to Easter we can now see the signs of hope that point to Christ’s resurrection. During Lent over two thousand people from fifty-six countries committed to fast and pray together in our Lenten […]

April 3rd, 2015

Preparing for the Resurrection of the Earth: Invitation to Fast on Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. For almost 40 days thousands of people from 56 different countries have participated in this spiritual relay for climate action and justice through the Lenten Fast for Climate Justice. We have been journeying together in prayer as we have prepared our hearts for these holiest of days that are now upon us. […]

March 31st, 2015

To Love and Cherish Creation – Understand How Our Planet Works

Today, the planet is losing something which makes it a unique place in this solar system. if not the universe. Each day unrestrained human activities, either unknowingly or knowingly (which is definitely much worse), will lead to the perturbation, degradation or even disappearance of a component of the biosphere. This currently unchecked destruction of our […]

March 27th, 2015

Earth Hour and the light that enters the world

When Earth Hour roams across the globe for its annual outing on Saturday night, Catholics will be opening Holy Week. This rare confluence is providential. It calls attention to what the secular event shares with the Gospel—especially its message of sacrifice and of the true light that enters the world. The World Wildlife Fund’s Earth […]

March 23rd, 2015

A global movement continues with a petition

Crossposted from, by Bill Patenaude. Building off our successful, ongoing Lenten fast—with people from individual nations fasting every day in Lent— today we take a more active approach to getting things done: we issued a petition on our new website to offer a voice to many who wish to be heard. At first glance, the petition seems blunt […]

March 19th, 2015

The Universal Common Good: Our Common Home

While it is anyone’s prudent guess at this point, on the likely umbrella or core messages within the Eco-encyclical expected in June or July 2015; Pope Francis has spoken on various occasions about the need for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. The threats that arise from […]

March 12th, 2015

Where did the World go Wrong with regard to Climate Change?

One particular objective of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is: “to advance the Catholic relationship between faith and reason, especially as it relates to adaptive decision making in areas of climate change policy”. The topic of Faith and Reason, deals with many issues; relationship of Faith to Science, Philosophy, History and Anthropology etc. There […]

March 8th, 2015

Why do I Fast?

In preparation for the U.S. Lenten Hunger Fast for Climate Justice on March 16th which is part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) Climate Lenten Fast, I have written this blog to share my reasons for joining in the fast.

March 4th, 2015

Why People of Diverse Faith Should Support the Eco-Encyclical

What happens when a rabbi and a Roman Catholic lay ecclesial minister start talking about Pope Francis’ forthcoming ecological encyclical? Click and read to learn Why People of Diverse Faiths Should Support the Eco-Encyclical. Photo credit: Creative Commons The linked article above was featured in the Huffington Post on March 3rd 2015 and was written by […]

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