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China and Climate Change – Next month in Paris world leaders will gather to see if they can slow down international climate change before it’s too late. One of the earth’s biggest polluters is China, where massive, low cost manufacturing has often held priority over environmental protection. But that emphasis may be changing. Fred de Sam Lazaro discovered in China a non-governmental activist whose organization is successfully fighting factory pollution with information and publicity. But, they ask, what is the moral responsibility of China’s customers, many of them in the U.S., to help China pay for its own pollution control?
Saint Kateri and Native American Catholics – November is Native American Heritage Month. An estimated 25 percent of Native Americans are Catholic. In many areas, there are longstanding tensions between the Catholic Church and indigenous tribes, in part because early missionary efforts were tied to colonization, which was often devastating to native cultures. Kim Lawton looks at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the Church’s first Native American saint, whom many see as helping to bridge the gap.