EcoLinks 09.04.15
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EcoLinks 09.04.15

Pope Francis to Urge Unity During D.C. Visit
Emily Wilkins, Roll Call

Pope Francis will acknowledge the importance of Hispanics by celebrating Mass in his native language of Spanish during his visit later this month to Washington, D.C. But he’ll be speaking English during his much-anticipated address to Congress.

US Catholics are OK with non-traditional families: By the numbers
Marie Morelli,

Ninety percent U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married father and mother is the ideal environment in which to raise children, according to the Pew Research Center’s Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life. However, there is broad acceptance of families headed by unmarried parents, gay or lesbian couples, single parents and divorced parents.

Christians and Moslems discuss environment at Finsbury Park Mosque
Independent Catholic News

Mohammed Kozbar, director of the Mosque which has won awards for its contribution to the community, hosted the occasion. He particularly endorsed campaigner Bruce Kent’s view that conflict and the arms trade are major obstacles to addressing climate change, and welcomed the film ‘Conflict and Climate Change’ as an important contribution to the discussion. Names and contact details were enthusiastically exchanged with promises for future discussion. Just the sort of dialogue Pope Francis is calling for.

D&P fall campaign tackles the spiritual and political sides of climate change
Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

The campaign will be both spiritual and political, demanding the Canadian government commit itself to more ambitious carbon emission targets and encouraging Canada’s Catholics to examine in prayer how their own lifestyles and levels of consumption contribute to environmental decay, said Josiane Gauthier, Development and Peace’s director of in-Canada programs. “Obviously, with the launch of the new encyclical by the Pope on ecological justice, it gives quite a bit of motor and strength to the idea that being Catholic is also about protecting the environment and nature and life in general,” Gauthier said.

Reading Retreat For The Pope’s Encyclical On Care Of Our Common Home Is Sept. 19
The Chattanoogan

A Reading Retreat for the Pope’s Encyclical On Care of Our Common Home will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. It will be a gathering to discuss the 72 page pdf document, ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s dialogue regarding man-made climate change and related issues.

British Catholic church leaders endorse CAFOD and SCIAF’s encyclical guide
Independent Catholic News

The heads of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland – Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia – are encouraging the Catholic community to embrace the opportunity to reflect, act and pray, following the release of the Pope’s landmark encyclical, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.

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.