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Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

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A sense of "shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family" must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, the Vatican's secretary of state told the United Nations Tuesday.

In a statement during the U.N. Climate Summit, Cardinal Pietro Parolin observed that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very serious problem which ... has grave consequences for the most vulnerable sectors of society and, clearly, for future generations."

When a ritual works: reflections on the People’s Climate March

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Religious folk are not so good at a lot of things, but we are experts at ritual. The Mass. The wedding. The baptism. The bar mitzvah. The funeral. The praise service.

At Sunday’s People’s Climate March, we multi-faith types joined the rest of the 300,000-plus people who love the earth enough to march it to create a ritual. When a ritual works, people feel something. They are changed. They come in the door one person and go out another.

Preview: Precious Blood brother tends, teaches on Ohio farmlands

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Precious Blood Br. Nick Renner works to save Ohio's farmland for future generations. Drawing upon years of farming experience with innovative techniques, he spreads the word about practicing land and water conservation. He applies his love of farming to advise, educate and manage farmers on how to reduce topsoil erosion and runoff into lakes and freshwater bodies.

Dolan endorses People’s Climate March

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It seems these days there’s nary a public procession through New York’s streets that Cardinal Timothy Dolan can’t get behind.

Nearly two weeks after he said he had no qualms with the decision to allow gay groups to participate in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade under their own banners, Dolan took to his blog Tuesday to promote the People’s Climate March, scheduled for Sunday morning.

Preview: Why I'm going to the People's Climate March

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I'm showing up. As a baby boomer from the United States. As a person of faith.

I am going to the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York.

The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That's why I'm going. It is not the terrorists, the immigrants, or people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth's viability. It's the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.

Reflecting the divine in the treatment of the planet

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Over Easter weekend in 1992, a group of us drove down the California coast from Oakland to Carmel.

One Saturday afternoon, we discovered a beach path leading to a small grove of trees. It was a lovely, enchanting place. One of the trees had branches low enough for sitting. They had formed themselves into a circle, with room enough for two or three visitors.

The power of buzz and the People's Climate March

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While sitting around waiting for that time when all waste will become energy, I was delighted to discover that the Galapagos Islands is tracking toward achieving its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

At that point the islands, a territory of Ecuador with 30,000 inhabitants, will be even with themselves, producing what energy they need through renewable sources. They are already close and will likely arrive at their destination on time.

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