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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit is "an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money" as its priority instead, he said Jan. 21.
Pope Francis braved a storm on January 17 to travel to the island of Leyte for an emotional meeting with survivors of typhoon Yolanda. But the Pontiff was forced to cut short his visit as another approached.
Last week’s attacks in Paris have demonstrated again the potential dangers that many see in large scale immigration into Europe. Even before the attacks took place, we have seen in Germany the rise of the “Pegida” movement which has been campaigning against what they claim is the ongoing Islamisation of Europe.
Koalas injured in bushfires across SA, Vic and NSW are in desperate need for cotton paw mittens, animal welfare groups say. The International Fund for Animal Welfare has asked volunteers to sew cotton mittens for koalas that have been severely burnt. The mittens would be used to cover the animals's bandages.
The Vatican has extended financial support to the Catholic communities in western Africa to aid the fight against the Ebola epidemic. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has released a brief account of the Vatican’s involvement in the response to Ebola, which has spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
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