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Catholic groups: Keystone pipeline veto opens door to discuss moral issues on environment

Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama's veto Tuesday of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country's midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change.

Climate change discussion at CSMG 2015

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Monday afternoon at the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering here, Franciscan sister and theologian Ilia Delio, Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Change Covenant and Eric Garundo of Catholic Relief Services presented a workshop on Pope Francis' vision for environmental activism.

The workshop anticipates that Francis will promulgate an encyclical on the environment and development late this sprint or early this summer. 

Francis to address Congress Sept. 24

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Pope Francis will make an unprecedented address to Congress on Sept. 24 during his first visit to the United States.

House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday (Feb. 5) that the pontiff accepted the invitation Boehner extended last year.

“In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds,” Boehner said in a statement. “His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

Addressing U.S., global child malnutrition a top priority for advocates

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In 2008, the community dedicated to ending hunger globally was rocked when the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published its first series on maternal and childhood nutrition, showing that more than a third of child deaths and 11 percent of the rate of disease worldwide was the result of mothers and children being malnourished.

"It gave the community its marching orders," said Yesenia Garcia of 1,000 Days.

From the information gathered by the journal emerged an image of the vital importance and lasting impact good nutrition has on a child's earliest development.

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