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Pope to commemorate World Day of Prayer for Creation
Catholic World News

At his August 26 general audience, Pope Francis announced that he will commemorate the 1st World Day of Prayer for Creation at a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 1. “In a communion of prayer with our Orthodox brothers and with all persons of good will, we want to offer our contribution to overcoming the ecological crisis that humanity is experiencing,” he said.

Kenya’s Council of Churches launches climate change campaign ahead of Paris conference
Frederick Nzwili, National Catholic Reporter

Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, said churches should be proactive in lobbying for quick responses to global warming. “Climate change is to blame for conflicts over resources and new epidemics,” said Wabukala. “There will be no peace if we do not act to protect communities from negative impacts of climate change like hunger, water scarcity and loss of natural beauty,” added Wabukala.

Follow both science, faith to battle climate change, Catholic bishop says in Norfolk
Bill Bartel, Hampton Roads PilotOnline

Responding to Pope Francis’ call this summer for prompt action to address climate change, Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo told an audience of about 200 Tuesday night that people must learn about the science of what is happening to the world.

On the climate, Pope Francis wants less talk and more action
Robert Christian, Crux

With the recent announcement that the Church will celebrate a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” each Sept. 1, Pope Francis is sending a clear message: His recent encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, is just the beginning of the Church’s concerted effort to focus on caring for creation and treating it as a central issue of social concern — one that cannot be easily ignored or dismissed by the Catholic faithful.

We do listen when the Pope talks
David and Mandy Bloemker, The Torrington Telegram

The Catholic Church is not a political institution, and does not take sides on political debates, but rather stances on policies. The Church continues to teach the same gospel it has taught for two millennia.

What does the pope’s new climate change doctrine mean in the secular world?
Kahlil Baker, The Vancouver Sun

The fuss about his environmental and economic analysis has — in my view — obscured the most significant aspect of this encyclical: his observation that climate change has already created human victims, and his insistence that we all have a moral obligation to help these vulnerable people.

For Pope Francis’s D.C. visit, environmental rally of up to 200K planned
Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post

Several environmental groups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds of thousands to the National Mall on Sept. 24, the day Pope Francis speaks to Congress and is expected to address the public afterwards. The permit for the gathering — which will make the moral case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming — is for 200,000 people. The Moral Action on Climate Network, along with the Earth Day Network, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and other groups, have timed the rally on the Mall the same day of the pope’s speech.

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Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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