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

January 13th, 2016

The Pope is preaching ecological conversion — pleading for a change of life, ethics, seeing and solidarity with the mysterious network of relations between all things

A “Deacon Mike” sent in the following highlights from the Fall 2015 issue of Creighton’s University Magazine article on the encyclical …the Pope is preaching ecological conversion—pleading for a change of life at the individual level.  John O’Keefe, Ph.D., Theology What the Pope brings to the public debate, which I think is a game-changer, is ethics. […]

January 8th, 2016

Book recommendation and review: The Reproach of Hunger (and climate change connections)

If you ask Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Jeffrey Sachs and other well-known figures in the development world, we are just around the corner from eliminating global poverty and hunger. In his latest book, however, The Reproach of Hunger, David Rieff is far less sanguine. He argues that the mainstream stance, in which the marriage […]

January 8th, 2016

Unseasonal and unprecedented flooding, worldwide

Unseasonal and unprecedented flooding around the world drew the attention of Pope Francis during his last general audience of 2015 in Rome on Dec. 30. Noting several rain-driven crises, he said, “I invite everyone to pray for the victims of the calamities which in these days have befallen the United States, Great Britain and South […]

January 8th, 2016

Turkson stresses importance of business embracing the common good rather than profit

At his speech yesterday in Chile, Cardinal Turkson added his soft but firm pastor’s voice—once again explaining that Pope Francis and the Church both extol the vocation of business leaders while exhorting them to embrace the common good rather than optimizing profit at all costs. Pope Francis encourages a broadened sense of vocation, which gives […]

January 3rd, 2016

Laudato Si’ provides a guide to parish, school, or college film festivals

Sr. Rose Pacette writes in “Reflections for a Laudato Si’ film festival“which starts with a review of Mad Max and how it connects to Laudato Si’, issued around the same time.  She then goes on to outline how Laudato Si’ can easily form the basis of a film festival: In Paragraph 79 of Laudato Si’, […]

January 3rd, 2016

“Mobilization is the next step”

The following is an excerpt from NCR coverage of COP-21 and interviews with Catholics on-site by Brian Roewe of the National Catholic Reporter.  See the full article at The 32-page Paris Agreement establishes the goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels, and […]

December 26th, 2015

Pope Francis has to push to open wide the doors of mercy

I heard it first on public radio, that Pope Francis had just opened the special “Holy Year Doors” to St. Peter’s to start the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Photos and video of Francis pushing wide those doors came with the evening news. It was Dec. 8, the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and (not at […]

December 23rd, 2015

Open letter encourages Vulnerable 20 to establish Atmospheric Trust to hold polluting industries accountable and shield those countries from worst impacts of climate change

Last week, an international group including leaders from some of the Vulnerable 20 (or V20) nations sent an open letter encouraging V20 members to establish an Atmospheric Trust, which would help hold polluting industries accountable and shield those countries from the worst impacts of climate change. “The global atmosphere is certainly one of our major […]

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