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Solidarity, faith spans racial and ethnic boundaries

WASHINGTON (CNS) — There is a reason that the song “Solidarity Forever,” sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is an anthem of the labor movement. And it was no accident that a June 15 conference titled “Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity & Faith” was…


Bishop Cunningham: Laudato Si’ should inspire conversation

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham released the following statement on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’”: “Creation is not a property; creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with…



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Biologist Sister Caryn Crook on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’

With the release of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on creation, “Laudato Si,” the Sun asked several experts for their thoughts on the document. Here, Sister Caryn Cook, OSF — former biological technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Franciscan ecology coordinator at Alverna Heights, and current vocation minister…




From border to academia, enthusiasm for papal encyclical runs high

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Long before Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation was released, it was providing a boost for a group of women struggling to keep the negative influences of modern-day life from erasing valued Mexican traditions and treasured cultural practices along the Mexico-Texas border.


What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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. He points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals — believers and…