When Edwin "Bud" Skalla died in November, he left nearly 860 acres of farmland and other assets, including diamond rings, a Rolex and a Cadillac, to 13 southwest Iowa parishes.
Des Moines, Iowa
Eco Catholic: Cardinal Peter Turkson, undaunted by the mindset of his audience, used his keynote speech to promote caution when it comes to GMOs.
Eco Catholic: The question of how to feed an estimated 9 billion people by 2050 drew experts from around the world to Iowa for the annual World Food Prize conference.
The world's current food problems can be linked to a global loss of faith, Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson told a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night.
"The challenge that is facing us is that [the earth] belongs to God in the first place," he said. "It is entrusted to us, given to us in custody, but we may never accept or pretend that we are responsible for this."
Eco Catholic: Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke with members of Occupy the World Food Prize on Wednesday, vowing to be a voice for them with the church.
According to Catholic Worker and peace activist Frank Cordaro, the World Food Prize award ceremony, which took place Thursday at Iowa's state capitol, was the perfect place to protest the global takeover of the food supply by large corporations.
Dr. Daniel Hillel, 82, has brought water irrigation to the Israeli desert and to his Arab neighbors as well as he traveled throughout the Middle East.