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A gardener's groans for the future

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People misunderstand gardeners. They think we are like normal people and resist loss and what Robert Frost calls “the diminished thing.”

We are not. 

We may have all those feelings going on but we also have another one. It is the gardener’s gene and genius. Groaning is its name. It is a groaning for the future, the one that will live in the seed after we are long fallow.  

Sisters place focus on the planetary household

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When is the last time you’ve discovered a “to-do” list that doubles as a great spiritual reading resource?

A recently released free online booklet -- Earth as Our Home -- does just that, offering tips for living more sustainably with the planet. The 16-page illustrated pamphlet comes from the Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth, an environmental group comprised of eight women religious congregations.

Vatican hosts five-day sustainability summit

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A Vatican conference kicking off Friday has brought together academics and experts from across the globe to address sustainability issues related to both people and the planet.

The conference -- “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility” -- is a joint venture of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. It runs through the weekend and concludes Tuesday.

Let the combat dolphins go

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The epic battle between Russian and U.S. combat dolphins is about to take place in the Black Sea.

These highly trained dolphins can attack enemy divers, locate mines and plant bombs. Some dolphins will even have knives and pistols attached to their heads -- creating a whole new image of “marine” mammals.

But this is not the plot of an upcoming action-adventure movie. Last week, news outlets across the globe reported this bizarre story as largely fact.

Catholic summer camp in Tennessee combines nature, spirituality

For generations of young people, Camp Marymount in Fairview, has been more than a place to spend a few weeks in the summer. It's where bonds are forged over campfires, craft projects and late-night talks under the stars.

"The thing about camp is it's timeless, it hasn't changed that much," said Jose Gonzalez, former camper and counselor at Camp Marymount, who now sends his children there.

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