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Fledgling faith community spreads St. Hildegard's vision of 'earth’s lush greening' in northern California

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The atmosphere of Berkeley, Calif., offers a definite advantage for its newest neighbor on the block.

Known for activism on a number of fronts -- the environment, feminism, interspirituality, social justice -- the northern California college town, recently named by Business Insider the most liberal city in California, fits the fledging St. Hildegard Catholic Community in every sense of the word “progressive.”

Vatican declarations set vision for low-carbon climate solution

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Two strong statements on climate change came out of the Vatican last week.

At the close of a one-day conference April 28, scientists, world leaders and interfaith leaders issued a declaration, which in part stated “Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.”

It continued:

Church of England divests from fossil fuels

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Claiming a moral responsibility to speak and act for environmental stewardship and the world’s poor, the Church of England announced Thursday it would divest from companies mining high-emissions-emitting fossil fuels.

The Anglican church’s pension board and church commissioners announced Thursday evening in a new climate change policy that it would cease direct investments in any company generating more than 10 percent of its revenues from the extraction of thermal coal (mainly used in power generation) or tar sands oil, totaling 12 million euro ($13.43 million).

Vatican summit participants: Catholics, encyclical could make powerful impact on climate change

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The Vatican summit Tuesday on climate change and sustainable development brought together a mix of researchers and religious leaders “to help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development,” according to the event’s program.  

Ahead of Vatican climate change summit, skeptics issues strong, blunt warnings to Francis

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Two groups expressing doubt about the wide scientific consensus regarding global climate change have strongly criticized an upcoming Vatican summit on the issue, hosting a press conference in Rome where they also forcefully warned Pope Francis against speaking on the subject.

Claiming that globally used models of the effects of carbon emissions on the environment are invalid, speakers at the event said the pope would be making a "great mistake" if he expressed support for Tuesday's Vatican event or tackled climate change in his upcoming encyclical of the environment.

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