Cardinal Turkson: Humanity a “poor steward” of environment

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson on Saturday spoke about how Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ affects the world of agriculture. The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was opening a three-day symposium at the Milan Expo on “Faith, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment: A New Idea of Development to Beat Hunger…

Putting “Laudato Si’” to work

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Before that now famous encyclical came out this week, a group at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington was already busy putting the spirit of “Laudato Si’” to work — or rather, they were putting bees to work to help the environment. A group called the Franciscan Monastery Garden…

Sartell family tackles urban challenges of caring for creation

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Matt and Carolyn Bertsch, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, moved to Sartell in 2001. Shortly after, they planted a small orchard. They researched which fruit trees would do well in their climate zone, which ones could act as possible pollinators and then started planting. They now have pears, apples,…

U.S. Catholics weigh in on global warming, Pope Francis in Pew survey

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new Pew Research Center survey conducted prior to the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical focusing on the environment, U.S. Catholics were asked their views both on global warming and the pope himself. Out of the overall U.S. population, 68 percent said they believe the earth is warming, with 71 percent…