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

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 […]

September 25th, 2015

GCCM Kicks Off Moral Action for Climate Prior to Pope’s Speech to Congress

Co-authored by Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network and Lou Leaonard, published in the Huffington Post  On most days, members of Congress focus exclusively on their district, their state, their country. To justify spending time, funding or political capital on any issue, the first step is to show how it helps at home, and […]

September 19th, 2015

Hispanics Say Ya Basta! Ya No Mas! to Pollution and Fossil Fuels, like the Pope

A Hispanic woman in Colorado writes, I feel the need to protect and celebrate our heritage and our environment because it is more important than ever. While we want to highlight the wide array of contributions Latinos make to enrich our culture, society, and government during this Hispanic Heritage Month, this is also a moment […]

September 17th, 2015

Days 1-3: From the FAN and GCCM Fasting Tent in McPherson Square in Washington DC

In Washington DC, just blocks from the Capitol and the White House, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Franciscan Action Network, and others are on Day 3 of a 10-day fast for action to keep global warming below 1.5 degree Celsius.  The fast will end with the beginning of a Day of Atonement celebration and overnight […]

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