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

September 30th, 2015

EduCOP21: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop zero waste programmes, improve and enhance damaged ecosystems, recycle what we use

Everywhere across the planet there are clever, imaginative and simple sustainable solutions in response to the big themes and we aim to connect, capture and develop this planetary resource. eduCOP21 is a worldwide call in response to the agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop zero waste programmes, improve and enhance damaged ecosystems and recycle […]

September 30th, 2015

“Take a stand, speak out, take to the streets, and keep moving forward”: Pope Champions Work and Message of Radical Catholic Dorothy Day

Pope Champions Work and Message of Radical Catholic Dorothy Day Pope Francis praises Day’s ‘passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed’ in his remarks to Congress.  Fr. John Dear calls attention to the Pope’s “ask”.  In an article published in Common Dreams on Thursday, Rev. John Dear welcomed the Pope’s praise of […]

September 30th, 2015

Leaders Respond to Pope’s Groundbreaking Speech to UN

Thank you to Tom Gallagher and Josh McElwee for their highlights from Pope Francis speech to the UN as well as highlights from leaders who responded!  For a longer overview, see this link. In a speech without direct mention of climate change, Francis nonetheless pressed for “reclaiming the environment,” and expressed confidence negotiations in Paris […]

September 29th, 2015

United by God in our different faith traditions and because we accept our interconnectedness with all our brothers and sisters, future descendents, and all creatures and things that God has made…

At the Interfaith Vigil held on Thursday evening Sept 24th, Cardinal Turkson and Fr. Michael Czerny S.J. graciously joined the group in prayer.  Rev Fletcher Harper invited them to say a few words, and Fr. Czerny shared the following prayer (transcribed from video for the benefit of those of you who were unable to be […]

September 29th, 2015

Indigenous Leaders Speak in Philadelphia

Proclamation of the Continental Commission of the Great Turtle Island, Abya Yala, September 24, 2015, Wampum Lot a.k.a. Welcome Park, 2nd & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia PA While world leaders met in the UN to discuss sustainable development goals, Guarani Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia were and are suffering violent repression as they demonstrate against oil extraction on their […]

September 29th, 2015

On the ground from Chicago Diocese initiative to monitor and lower water and energy consumption across hundreds of churches and 2,700 buildings

St. Gabriel Church in Chicago. (Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey) The boiler chugging in the basement of St. Gabriel Catholic School in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood was as big as a locomotive. When plumbers installed it in the 1930s, this equipment represented the latest and greatest coal-burning technology. But that was nearly eight decades ago. The […]

September 25th, 2015

Global Sustainable Development Goals and Catholic Values, Alternative Perspectives

Pope Francis said the best and simplest measures to implementing the goals will be “effective, practical and immediate access” for all to housing, dignified work, adequate food and drinking water, education, and religious and spiritual freedom.  These pillars of integral human development have a common foundation, which is the right to life and, more generally, what […]

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