Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided. The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity…

Philippine bishops tackle climate change during general meeting

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines tackled climate change on different fronts and also addressed a host of other issues, from equitable education to sovereign disputes at its biannual plenary session July 6-13. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, newly re-elected president of the conference, told Catholic News Service that the…

Long before encyclical, women religious focused on the environment

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Long before Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” that ties care for earth with care for humanity was promulgated, congregations of women religious were stepping out to protect creation. Inspired by the call of the Second Vatican Council to engage the world and biblical passages on the beauty of God’s world, members of…

California governor says he carried ‘Laudato Si” to climate summit

TORONTO (CNS) — California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Toronto for the Climate Summit of the Americas, said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’” and “going through it carefully.” “I like the language in it, which is not the language of markets,” Brown told a press conference July 8,…

Dominican-backed Hope House grows new life in a Detroit neighborhood

DETROIT (CNS) — The sunflowers, while not blooming yet, tower over 6-year-old Ahmad Malone as he and his father, Abdul, walk through the small but lush garden outside Hope House. It won’t be long before huge bright yellow flower heads greet the sun every morning and attract bees looking for sweet nectar to take back…

Educate young to care for others, for the earth, pope tells teachers

QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Education is a right and a privilege that should impart not only knowledge and skills, but also a sense of responsibility for others and for the earth, Pope Francis told representatives of Ecuadorean schools and universities. “God gives us not only life, he gives us the earth, he gives us all…

Philippine bishops to decide whether to establish climate change desk

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a “climate change desk,” part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. The federation wants each bishops’ conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate the impact of…

Iowans urged to ‘buckle down, get to work’ on environmental problems

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) — Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates encouraged Catholic Iowans to take advantage of the state’s first-in-the-nation role…

Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — A Vatican official told a U.N. gathering on climate change that Pope Francis’ new encyclical is calling on all societies to examine how they produce and consume goods and on all the world’s people to realize the role they, too, have in addressing global warming. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the…