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Why No Catholic is Exempt from Caring about the Environment

Last edited 22nd April 2015

What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity – the environment.

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Man Cleans Up A Riverbank to Improve the View, But When the Trash Is Gone the Real Reward Appears.

Last edited 22nd April 2015

Every day Tommy Kleyn from Rotterdam, Netherlands, rides his bike to work. But there is one part of the route that’s not pleasant to see — the north corner of a canal that’s filled with trash.

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The 'Cursed' Disabled Boy and the People of the Sea

Last edited 17th April 2015

Off the southeast coast of Sulawesi's sprawling limbs, I experienced a warmth and sense of belonging that I knew I was unlikely to find again on my journey through the South Seas. However, in a village where people are defined by their ability to catch fish, I also discovered a traditional belief system that left its disabled people badly isolated.

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ISIS Overruns Town that Inspired Luke Skywalker’s Home Planet

Last edited 25th March 2015

Star Wars fans have been warned to stay far, far, away from a Tunisian town that was the inspiration for Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine — due to a threat of being taken hostage by ISIS.The dusty desert town of Tataouine, Tunisia has recently been overrun with bloodthirsty jihadists who have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State, according to CNN.

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Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to its Smallest on Record

Last edited 19th March 2015

Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, US data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of just 14.54 million square kms on February 25 - slightly bigger than Canada - and is now expected to shrink with a spring thaw.

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Vatican Launches Initiative to Protect the Amazon and its Vulnerable Communities

Last edited 3rd March 2015

Roughly 20 percent of the Amazon rain-forest has been lost. It's a daunting figure, which according to experts is linked to massive mineral exploitation, the planting of crops that don't go well with the land and invasive livestock. The Vatican is concerned and it's speaking out.

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Religious Leaders Urge Action to Combat Climate Change

Last edited 23rd February 2015

American Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Feb. 20 at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

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The Grace of Forests - A Lenten Resource from the Columbans

Last edited 9th February 2015

Just as the forests are central to the lives of indigenous peoples in the Philippines, so too we areinvited to become more connected by looking closelyat six types of Australian forests. We will find the giftsof God displayed there and find out more aboutourselves in the process. “There is a covenantbetween human beings and the environment”, saidPope Benedict XVI during his World Day of PeaceMessage 2008.

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Pope: Christians Have a Duty to Protect Environment

Last edited 9th February 2015

Protecting the environment is a Christian duty not just reserved for ‘green’ activists, Pope Francis said on Monday 9 February. The Pope tackled the topic of creation in his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, warning that Christians must be the protectors of the natural world, not its masters.

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35 Unbelievable Photos Of The Extreme Pollution In China

Last edited 9th February 2015

China is a beautiful country, and much of the country is filled with natural landscapes that are nothing short of idyllic. These pictures, however, paint a very different story:

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