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California legislators, bishops highlight 'Laudato Si'' in pushing clean energy bill


Nearly every state across America has activities underway related to Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” That includes California, where lawmakers are in the final stages of debating two bills aimed at addressing climate change and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

A papal statement on climate change could lead to greener Britain


A third of British Catholics say they would consider “greening” their lifestyles should Pope Francis make an official statement on climate change.

The pledge came from a recent poll of 1,000 Catholics in England and Wales conducted by YouGov and CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The 33 percent who said they would opt for greener choices, such as recycling or driving less, would account for more than 1 million Catholics in Britain. 

Australia in July could be scene of Jesuit-led climate action


The end of the second annual climate change conference at Loyola University Chicago began a transition to a new action phase extending beyond U.S. borders.

The conference, which ran March 19-21, saw the six participant upper Midwest Jesuit universities sharing curricular ideas and resources, with an eye toward developing the best educational practices and forming a strong collaborative force for sustainability and addressing environmental issues in the years ahead.  

Vatican declarations set vision for low-carbon climate solution


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.”

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


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.  


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