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Pope Francis makes a heartfelt appeal for the environment: ‘Creation is groaning!’

By Claire Giangravé — September 1, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are running out of time,’ the pope said in a message on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1).

In ‘love thy neighbor’ Quakers and Catholics share a call to protect our common home

By Diane Randall, Alicia Cannon — June 22, 2020

(RNS) — Celebrating Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, published five years ago, and its message that loving our planet first means loving its people.

How to faithfully celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day without leaving home

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2020

(RNS) — From shofar blasts to Facebook Live, a number of faith-based organizations have moved online to mark Earth Day as in-person gatherings have been canceled around the globe.

Pope Francis punts on married priests

By Thomas Reese — February 13, 2020

(RNS) — Francis appears to have feared splitting the church over the question of celibacy.

What the US bishops can learn from the Amazon synod

By Thomas Reese — October 31, 2019

(RNS) — The American Catholic hierarchy isn’t ready to follow the synod’s search for real-world solutions. Too many conservatives believe that if we simply return to the old ways of doing things, everything will be fine.

Saving Amazon rainforest requires change in Western lifestyles, say synod bishops

By Thomas Reese — October 22, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The West ‘wants the Amazonian people to keep the forest,’ said Bishop Karel Martinus Choennie of Suriname, ‘but they don’t want to change their lifestyles, and that is the big contradiction.’

Decision time begins for Amazon bishops as synod enters final week

By Thomas Reese — October 19, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod’s final recommendations to the pope could have profound impact not only on the Amazon but the entire church.

Amazonian bishops condemn attacks on rainforest and indigenous peoples

By Thomas Reese — October 10, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Amazonian bishops took the floor at the synod in Rome this week to describe their region’s problems in urgent, even personal terms.

Opposition to Amazon synod spurs new right-wing coalition in Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — October 3, 2019

SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Its opposition to the Pan-Amazon synod’s goals has given a group of conservative Catholic organizations new life as a wedge of the Brazilian president’s populist base.

Visiting Thailand, Pope Francis to champion the poor and the environment

By Claire Giangravé — September 27, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Francis continues to promote the care of creation, he aims to connect with a broader audience than the country’s tiny Catholic community.

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

New cardinals: The men are the message

By Thomas Reese — September 12, 2019

(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.

Pope encourages vast crowds in Madagascar in fight against poverty, climate threat

By Claire Giangravé — September 9, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pope’s optimistic message of peace and faith has been balanced by the reality of the challenges Africa faces.

Pope Francis to address conflict, climate in Africa in three-country visit

By Claire Giangravé — September 3, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A top Vatican official described Africa as ‘a laboratory for integral development’ — a term that in this papacy refers to a sustainable society based on precepts in a 2015 papal encyclical on the environment.

Understanding Christians’ climate views can lead to better conversations about the environment

By Emma Frances Bloomfield — August 6, 2019

(The Conversation) — Because Christians incorporate the environment into their faith in a variety of ways, they provide important insights into how to talk about climate change with a variety of audiences.

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