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Papal encyclical on environment in process

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The Vatican confirmed Friday that Pope Francis has begun a draft of an encyclical focusing on the environment. 

From the Associated Press

"The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set. He said it would be about ecology and more specifically the 'ecology of man.'"

Women religious, indigenous peoples in solidarity on nature's rights

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At the Global Rights of Nature summit, Vandana Shiva, an internationally renowned physicist and environmental activist, led the ritual Thursday on our last morning in Otavalo, sharing some of India’s poems and hymns to Mother Earth. One began, “Whatever, I dig of you, O Earth, may that grow quickly upon you.”

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