Al Gore: “Because of Pope Francis, I really could become a Catholic”

Former vice president and pro-abortion politician recommends that people of all faith traditions should read Laudato Si'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWfMU6gZ-Wg Glenmary Father John S. Rausch appeared on CNN Aug. 1 as part of a climate change town hall event with former United States Vice President Al Gore. After being introduced by host Anderson Cooper, Father John said his experience as a priest in Appalachia has led him to believe the climate crisis is a crisis in spirituality. Father … [Read more...]

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Paris Agreement or not, Laudato Si’ moves ahead in Monterey diocese

Bishop Richard Garcia had instituted a climate campaign to consider actions the diocese could take in response to pope's encyclical on the environment

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, an accord adopted in 2015. But in parts of the U.S. church the pope’s encyclical has sparked creativity and innovation with impacts not so easily set aside. One such experiment in California that the Vatican itself highlighted is the Diocese of Monterey’s advocacy of … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese launches Climate Change Initiative

Form "Creation Care Teams" at parishes across the diocese

The San Diego diocesan Office for Social Ministry has started an initiative to form Creation Care Teams at parishes across the diocese to organize actions to protect the environment. These can range from small lifestyle changes individuals can make to ones involving the parish or community beyond. Father Emmet Farrell, a retired priest, is coordinating the initiative, which is … [Read more...]

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“I am worried about the quality of life here in Los Angeles”

Archbishop José Gomez frets over homelessness, environment: "The earth is our common home and everyone on earth deserves a place that he or she can call 'my home.'”

At the dawn of creation, the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the earth’s deep waters. I was thinking about this image from the Book of Genesis on June 4, as I was praying and preparing to celebrate Pentecost. Two days earlier, our government had announced that it was pulling out of the so-called Paris Agreement on climate change — an action that provoked deep concern … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church a major force behind effort to create independent energy consortium that would provide electricity to all residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties

At the end of mass last Sunday, Margaret Rebecchi explained to the congregation of Our Lady of the Assumption Church the work she’s doing on behalf of the environment, including promoting a program to help all the churches in the Monterey Diocese install solar panels, which would help save $10 million in 10 years. “You all know that Pope Francis has spoken very strongly about … [Read more...]

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Co-chair of Catholic Green Initiative warns of dire consequences of global warming

“Heed the Saint Francis pledge to pray, act, and advocate to stop the burning of fossil fuels”

  The following comes from an April 27 Valley Catholic post by A.W. Strawa, Co-Chair of Catholic Green Initiative, Office of Social Ministries: “If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof.” – Pope Francis In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, … [Read more...]

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