I had been involved in the fight to save the environment since the late 1990s, fighting for mangroves around Mumbai’s shores. But hearing Pope Francis’ call to praise God with all creation provided a deeper meaning to this pursuit.
On Monday, 47 faith institutions from 21 countries announced their commitment to divest from fossil fuels. The Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish institutions make up the largest joint divestment from fossil fuels.
But Sister Mary John has spent decades helping women and workers make meaningful progress in her home country, and the Benedictine nun and activist’s inspiring 60-year career holds countless lessons for Catholics and all people working against the climate emergency.
Hit by torrential rains, the community is now struggling with severe flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ray Kancharla, a veteran of humanitarian projects, is assisting the diocese with the recovery and took time to talk about the devastation and how people can help.