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About a lot more than climate change

Since Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si) was published on 18 June 2015, many people have been claiming that it was the climate change encyclical.

But even a cursory reading of the document makes it clear that it also deals with poverty, the destruction of biodiversity, the pollution of fresh water and the oceans, extractive industries and waste.








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The climate merry-go-round

Around 2,000 years ago a baby was born. He was named Jesus and, since that time, has been hailed by his disciples across the globe as the saviour of the world.

He never held a spear—let alone a gun—he never headed an empire, never became a politician, scientist or a bishop, and did not seek financial dominance or to subdue people or manipulate the earth.








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Delving into ecological conversion

What does ecological conversion look like? It is an important question for Catholics in the light of Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).

It was on my mind when I visited the site of the Paris negotiations, particularly since the conference focus was turning specifically towards action responses to climate change.








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The Pope Francis Effect on climate negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): Although world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change say that the eyes of the world are on them, judging by the scant coverage in some newspapers most eyes are probably looking elsewhere.

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World’s bishops sign climate petition

VATICAN (SE): On the morning of October 26 an appeal by bishops across the world was made to the delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 21), which is scheduled to begin on November 30 in Paris.

Bishops representing all continental groupings of national bishops’ conferences signed the appeal.

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