At the climate change conference in Paris, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told attendees that the high-stakes gathering does not represent the end or start of action, but the path forward.
On Monday representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris to grapple with the greatest moral issue of our time -- the war against Mother Earth. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warns that “It is life on our planet itself which is at stake,” and there is an “absolute urgency” to turn things around.
Eco Catholic: The hope is that an agreement in Paris will place the planet on a path to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Hundreds of thousands of people, including many Catholics, participated in rallies and events ahead of the United Nations climate conference, which opens Monday.
A top Vatican official has invited bishops near and far to lend prayerful support to massive global demonstrations ahead of international climate negotiations and to encourage Catholics in their dioceses to partake.
Eco Catholic: A pope-endorsed petition seeking Catholic support for substantial climate change action has netted its most prominent signer from the U.S. church hierarchy -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Pope Francis encouraged greater attention to those whose health is affected by environmental degradation and pollution. Francis meets many sick people who have rare diseases doctors can't explain.
In the 1990s, Caritas organizations in Oceania were already warning the world about rising sea levels. Climate change has been an important issue for Caritas for a long time -- whether we’ve been sounding the alarm bells, dealing with climate emergencies or helping people adapt to weather extremes.
Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the United Nations climate change conference.
It's time, Sano believes, for world leaders to sign a binding agreement that helps reduce the impact of climate change.
From all the rich content of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” regarding theological and scriptural understandings of “Our Common Home,” one section has caught the attention of those living in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. In section 165, the pope turns to what needs to be done in light of climate change: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”