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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.

Preaching to the choir? Ahead of encyclical, global warming worries Catholics more than other Christians

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Will Pope Francis be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his ecology-focused encyclical later this year?

A new study released Thursday by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that Catholics are more convinced than other Christians that global warming is occurring and are more supportive of policy action.

Kenya’s Catholic church to fight hunger by farming its vast land reserves

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change.

But now, in an effort to fight hunger, the Roman Catholic church is making 3,000 acres of church-owned land available for commercial farming.

“We want to produce food, create employment and improve quality of life for the people,” said Fr. Celestino Bundi, Kenya’s national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

It takes a planet: the whole cost accounting of climate change

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What if it is true that it would cost less to resolve poverty than it does to sustain it? What if the same was true of the environmental crisis?

Paul Krugman of The New York Times seems to think so. But he is “just” a brilliant economist.

What if the time of God was closer and simpler than we think? “The time,” he always says, “is nigh.” But then, Jesus is “just a messiah.”

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