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Safeguard creation, respond to cries of the earth, the poor, pope says

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While there is not unanimous agreement about the causes of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, Pope Francis repeated his conviction that "a widespread consensus is emerging" that places much of the blame on irresponsible human action.

Addressing participants at a meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Francis said the issue is a matter of justice, particularly because destruction of the environment hits the poorest communities first and hardest.

California legislators, bishops highlight 'Laudato Si'' in pushing clean energy bill

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Nearly every state across America has activities underway related to Pope Francis’ encyclical, "Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home." That includes California, where lawmakers are in the final stages of debating two bills aimed at addressing climate change and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

New Jersey bishop urges people to do more to protect environment

Bishop David M. O'Connell of Trenton, N.J., called on Catholics to examine their consciences and to take important steps to protect the environment during a Mass marking the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

He urged the hundreds of people in attendance "to decide what actions we must take here and now, not when it's too late" during the Mass Sept. 1 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Chapel in the ocean-side community that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy nearly three years ago.

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