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Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change

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World leaders and policymakers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.

"As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told members of the World Health Assembly on Wednesday in Geneva.

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.

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