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Tales from the garden: Sisters share stories of going vegetarian

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Last month, I looked at the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret." Among its many disheartening statistics on the agriculture industry, the film also proposed a possible way out of the mess: eating lower on the food chain, for the sake of the animals, the planet and our health.

In other words, going vegan, or at least vegetarian.

Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

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Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Friday at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

The ongoing buzz about the forthcoming encyclical from Pope Francis on the environment was addressed by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The two sides of renewable spiritual energy

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I remember a quarrel with one of my wealthier parishioners at First Congregational Church, in Riverhead, N.Y. She wanted to put a carillon (an arrangement of chromatically tuned bells) in the steeple. I, on the other hand, wanted her to fund the homeless shelter in the building that housed 150 plus people a night. She refused, and eventually, the carillon went in, at a cost of $10,000. 

Climate change discussion at CSMG 2015

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Monday afternoon at the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering here, Franciscan sister and theologian Ilia Delio, Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Change Covenant and Eric Garundo of Catholic Relief Services presented a workshop on Pope Francis' vision for environmental activism.

The workshop anticipates that Francis will promulgate an encyclical on the environment and development late this sprint or early this summer. 

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