Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry

The following comes from a July 13 Guardian article by Suzanne Goldenberg: Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment. Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese makes move toward solar power

Bishop McElroy approves the idea

The following comes from a December 14 Southern Cross article: SAN DIEGO — All parishes in the Diocese of San Diego are being encouraged to install solar power systems in the very near future. The Diocesan Finance Council recommended the move toward solar power and also proposed that all parish solar projects go through an approval process with the diocese that includes … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis arrives in the US, denies being a leftist

"I haven’t said a single thing that’s not in the social doctrine of the Church"

The following comes from a September 22 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr. WASHINGTON, DC – Pope Francis arrived in the United States to a boisterous welcome Tuesday, telling reporters on the papal plane that he won’t raise the Cuban embargo in his speech to Congress and rejecting the suggestion that he’s a political leftist. “Maybe there’s an impression I’m a little bit … [Read more...]

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Remnants of bigotry remain in California Constitution?

Former pro-abort Democrat praises Jerry Brown in OC Register column for, among other things, his Catholicism

The following comes from an August article by Gloria Romero, an education reformer and former Democratic state senator from Los Angeles: Gov. Jerry Brown rarely speaks about his religious faith. But, while at the Vatican recently, he expounded on how his religion influenced his outlook on life. Invited by Pope Francis – the first Jesuit pontiff – to address world leaders on … [Read more...]

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Off to Rome we go

Gov. Jerry Brown, Bay Area mayors head to Vatican for climate-change meeting

The following comes from a July 19 Contra Costa Times article by Josh Richman, Jessica Calefati and Ramona Giwargis: California Governor Jerry Brown and Pope Francis will cross paths this week at a Vatican symposium on climate change and human trafficking. For now, both have discerned that battling climate change is part of that mission. "I'm very impressed with Pope … [Read more...]

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This wasn’t just a speech

Central Valley leaders reflect on gathering with Pope Francis in Bolivia

The following comes from a Fresno Bee article by Carmen George: Apart of a group invited by the Vatican to attend a gathering in Bolivia last week, Monsignor Raymond Dreiling, vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, was sitting within feet of Pope Francis as he delivered a speech that Monsignor Dreiling believes will “go down in history as one of the most … [Read more...]

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It’s not gobbledygook after all

SF Catholics respond to pope’s environmental encyclical

The following comes from a July 7 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Here’s a sampling of reaction to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudito Si’,” by archdiocesan parishioners, men and women religious, church workers and Catholic leaders who finished reading the 180-page, 40,000-word document. “The Sisters of the Presentation are especially delighted with Pope … [Read more...]

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Say it ain’t so

Jerry Brown will speak on climate change at Vatican event hosted by Pope Francis

The following comes from a July 9 LA Times article by Chris Megerian: Gov. Jerry Brown will go to the Vatican later this month for a summit on climate change hosted by Pope Francis, who has sought to focus worldwide attention on environmental issues. The event, which includes a discussion on modern slavery, will draw an international collection of government officials and … [Read more...]

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Is Pope Francis following Bishop Blaire?

‘The future of our world is at stake’

The following comes from a June 18 story on recordnet.com. When Bishop Stephen Blaire came to Stockton in 1999, the region’s highest-ranking Catholic soon realized that dangerous levels of air pollution were contributing to high asthma rates here. The Stockton diocese later launched a program seeking relief specifically for those who suffer the most from environmental … [Read more...]

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Papal encyclicals: an explainer

Throwback to public's reaction to encyclical on contraception

The following comes from a June 10 Action Institute Power Blog post by Joe Carter: Here are some answers to questions people who aren’t Catholic—like me—may have about the encyclical Laudato si’: What is an encyclical? The term encyclical (from the Greek egkyklios, kyklos meaning a circle) refers to a circular letter, that is, a letter that gets circulated to a … [Read more...]

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