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U.S. farmers, Francis talk at Vatican

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Leaders of U.S. farm unions stressed the importance of family farming during meetings in Rome this week, including at an audience with the pope Wednesday.

The U.S. delegations included five state presidents of the National Farmers Union, in addition to representatives of Catholic Rural Life. The union presidents came from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Loyola-Chicago climate conference discusses 'nuts and bolts' of fossil fuel divestment

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The second day of the three-day Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference began with a panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels.

The Friday morning panel, titled “The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment,” was chaired by Bruce Boyd, principal and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a company that works with foundations to improve planetary health and is now measuring global commitment to divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in alternative, clean energy sources. 

Preview: On the front lines of mining protests with the Maya

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In rural Guatemala, a red double-cabin pickup rumbles past a sign painted on a crumbling adobe wall, Community in Resistance. The lonely road is so rough that passengers leave seat belts unbuckled to avoid bruises from the shoulder straps. When the truck emerges from a forest, a clutch of shelters appears as if imagined into being by a writer of magic realism.

At PETA’s shelter, most animals are put down; group calls them mercy killings

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Prudence the bunny nibbles on organic greens, listens to classical music and hops about on soft blankets in a sweet-smelling space larger than many college dorm rooms.

She shares her “guest room” with no other animal, though staff at the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, working in the adjacent office, visit frequently to cuddle her.

Here on the banks of the St. Elizabeth River, you could say PETA runs the Waldorf Astoria of animal shelters.

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