Climate change

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Vatican Takes Climate Activists to Trial for Damage to Base of Famous Statue in Museums

Mar 9, 2023

The Vatican held a hearing Thursday to try three climate activists for criminal damage to a famous statue in the Vatican Museums.

Pope Francis meets Arouna Kandé, one of the subjects of the documentary “The Letter.” | Photo credit: Laudato Si’ Movement

Climate Change Documentary Features Pope Francis

Oct 4, 2022

Pope Francis is featured in a documentary film on climate change and the environment that premiered at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Samuel Zan Akologo, the Knights of Marshall Supreme Officer Responsible for MAREDES and Advocacy, planting a seedling. Credit: Business Ghana

Catholic Entity in Ghana Facilitates Tree Planting Initiative to Address Climate Change

Aug 13, 2022

Members of the Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), a not-for-profit wing of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall of the Catholic Church, have facilitated the planting of some 10,600 tree seedlings at Saboba in the Northern Region in Ghana in view of addressing the challenge of climate change.

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Launched African Climate Dialogues Focusing on “realities, experiences”: Catholic Entities

Jul 22, 2022

The African Climate Dialogues (ACD) that were launched Tuesday, July 19 seek to deliberate on key issues related to the climate crisis ahead of the planned 27th Climate Change Conference of Partners (COP27) scheduled for November 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the International Cooperation for Development Solidarity (CIDSE) has said.

Pope Francis speaking in St. Peter's Basilica on June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

The Poor Suffer Most from Heat Waves, Drought, Other Environmental Extremes: Pope Francis

Jul 21, 2022

As Europe faces record high temperatures and summer wildfires, Pope Francis has pointed out that the poor suffer the most from heat waves, drought, and other environmental extremes.

Dr. Paolo Ruffini addressing delegates of the 20th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 12 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

News Reports Can Enhance “ecological ethics”: Vatican Official to Eastern Africa Bishops

Jul 13, 2022

The gathering, production, and dissemination of news reports has the ability to “help spread ecological ethics”, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has said.

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, pictured on Oct. 13, 2018. Damien Storan via Shutterstock.

Recent Church Massacre in Nigeria Not Linked to Climate Change: Bishop to Irish President

Jun 13, 2022

The bishop said Michael D. Higgins’ ‘reasons for this gruesome massacre are incorrect and far-fetched.’

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Caritas Internationalis Calls for “special protection status” for Climate Change Victims

May 22, 2022

As the International Migration Review Forum (IMFR) gets underway, the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is calling on the international community to grant a special protection status to people and communities displaced due to climate change.

The headquarters of the  Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO). Credit: ZESCO

Electricity Company in Zambia Has Role in Mitigating Climate Change: Catholic Bishop

Mar 19, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has said that the State-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) has a big role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

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Faith Leaders in Mauritius Highlight Value of Religion to Society amid Life’s Challenges

Jan 15, 2022

Faith-based leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius have highlighted the value of religion to society amid challenges of life

Caritas Zambia Livelihoods and Climate Change Specialist, Ms. Musamba Mubanga speaking at a COP26 side event  in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: Caritas Zambia

Caritas Zambia Urges Government to Strengthen Policies to Address Climate Change

Dec 29, 2021

The leadership of Caritas Zambia has called on the country’s government to strengthen the policies and programs so as to address the current impact of climate change in the Southern African nation. 

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Vatican Calls for "clear roadmap" as Climate Summit Enters Final Stretch

Nov 11, 2021

The Vatican said that ‘various gaps’ had emerged at COP26 in Scotland.

Pope Francis, pictured on April 17, 2013. Mazur/

Pope Francis to COP26: "Now is the time to act, urgently, courageously, and responsibly"

Nov 2, 2021

The pope said he had hoped to attend the meeting, but it ‘was not possible.’

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Put Human Rights Agenda at Centre of COP 26, Civil Societies Urge African Nations

Oct 30, 2021

Representatives of Africa-based civil society groups have called on governments and climate negotiators who have planned to attend the upcoming 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) to make human rights the centre of their deliberations. 

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Faith Leaders in Africa among Signatories to Joint “response to pandemic, climate crisis”

Oct 24, 2021

Faith-based leaders in Africa are among hundreds of “the high-level religious and spiritual leaders who have signed onto the Sacred People, Sacred Heart Statement”, calling for a joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic and “the climate crisis.”

Logo of CIDSE, the umbrella organization for Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Agencies in Europe, North America Oppose Engineered Methods in Climate Change

Oct 20, 2021

Catholic development agencies in Europe and North America are concerned that the increasing popularity of the use of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and engineered methods in global climate policy may introduce technologies that are more detrimental to the environment.

Pope Francis addresses participants in the meeting ‘Faith and Science: Towards COP26’ at the Vatican’s Hall of Benediction, Oct. 4, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope, Faith Leaders Issue Carbon Emissions Appeal Ahead of UN Climate Change Conference

Oct 4, 2021

They signed the message in the Vatican’s Hall of Benediction.

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Work Toward Pro-Poor Climate Change Policies: Catholic Charity in Malawi to Global Leaders

Aug 24, 2021

There is need for those at the helm of global and regional institutions to work toward climate change policies that directly target poor populations, the leadership of Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, in Malawi has said. 

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On World Humanitarian Day, Salesians Highlight Climate Change Interventions in Nigeria, TZ

Aug 19, 2021

On the occasion of this year’s World Humanitarian Day marked Thursday, August 19, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their climate change interventions around the world, including two countries in Africa.

Pope Francis boards his flight to Baghdad, Iraq on March 5, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis Not Expected to Offer Public Mass During His November Visit to Scotland

Aug 17, 2021

The pope is expected to attend the “world leaders summit” in the opening days of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on Nov. 1-12.