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40 Catholic institutions plan to divest $5 trillion from fossil fuel companies

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WASHINGTON — Forty Catholic institutions, including the Belgian bishops’ conference and a leading church social welfare agency in South Africa, have decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.

The organizations cited the call of Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” to take steps to protect the environment as well as the importance of making investments that lead to a carbon-neutral economy in an effort to address climate change. Read more »

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What to do? Francis suggests ways to help the environment in “Laudato Si’”

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion.

Pope Francis in his encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," released June 18, said all creation is singing God's praise but people are silencing it. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” released June 18, said all creation is singing God’s praise but people are silencing it. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

He points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals, believers and people of good will, should see, think, feel and act. Read more »

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Human activity destroying earth, Pope Francis says in “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home”

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VATICAN CITY — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Read more »

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