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New climate commission could advance human dignity, US bishops tell Congress

Sep 25, 2017

The United States should create a commission to combat the harms of climate change and promote human dignity as a... Read more

People crowd St. Peter's Square as the Vatican shuts off fountains July 25, 2017

Vatican turns off fountains to conserve water for drought-hit Rome

Jul 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the city of Rome and much of Italy experiences a severe drought, the Vatican has turned off its fountains... Read more

Kids in a time of climate change – what's a Catholic to do?

Jul 17, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child.  Read more

Pope Francis kisses a baby girl during his trip to Fatima May 12-13, 2017.

Pope: Caring for creation means caring for your brother and sister

Jul 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday sent a message to an international congress on care for our common home in the context... Read more

Catholic leaders dismayed by Trump's exit from Paris climate agreement

Jun 1, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Catholic leaders around the world expressed disappointment as President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. was pulling out of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday general audience Oct. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Square.

The Green Pope isn't who you think it is.

May 3, 2017

By Mary Farrow

There once was a Pope called “The Green Pope.”  Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson in the United Kingdom on Sept. 10, 2010.

Vatican official hopes Trump will 'rethink' some decisions

Mar 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Thursday Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson said he hopes President Trump will reconsider some of the decisions he is making... Read more

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US bishops turn up the heat on Trump's environmental order

Mar 30, 2017

The U.S. bishops have criticized President Donald Trump’s recent executive order which rolls back environmental protections, noting their concern that... Read more

How to save biodiversity? Curb wasteful habits, Vatican event says

Mar 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

A Vatican conference on biodiversity has found that wasteful attitudes when it comes to consumption could be leading to the... Read more

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Archbishop: Care for creation and human life aren’t opposed – they go together

Feb 22, 2017

Both Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi provide the right perspective on caring for creation in a way that... Read more

Scientists play a key role in solving global problems, Pope Francis says

Nov 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday that their role in finding creative solutions to the world’s problems is... Read more

For US bishops, new environmental plan a step in the right direction

Nov 8, 2016

A new action agenda from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has drawn praise from the U.S. bishops as a step... Read more

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Catholic groups around the world break ties with fossil fuels

Oct 5, 2016

On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi this week, seven Catholic organizations on five continents announced they are divesting... Read more

Cardinal Turkson: The human person is central to care for creation

Sep 1, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Catholic and Orthodox worlds unite to celebrate a day of prayer for the care of creation, the Vatican’s... Read more

A look at how businesses can help the poor

Mar 21, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Businesses can care for both the poor and the created world by making decisions that focus on the human person... Read more

Filipino Catholics invited to turn off lights for Earth Hour

Mar 18, 2016

A Filipino cardinal has encouraged Catholics to support this year’s “Earth Hour,” a global environmental campaign that consists of switching... Read more

Rice planters.

Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Dec 13, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has... Read more

Poverty, environment, economy – it's all about the human person, Holy See tells UN

Oct 11, 2015

Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

Pope Francis warns of 'grave consequences' if climate change is ignored

Sep 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

The environment is facing serious threats such as climate change and global warming, Pope Francis has said – adding that... Read more

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Meet the monks who decided to go green years before Laudato Si

Sep 2, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Years before Pope Francis’ recent ecology encyclical was published, a Trappist monastery in Virginia went back to its spiritual roots... Read more