Fr. Charles Chilufya S.J, Director of the Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network Africa opens the session on the need for an ethically-informed approach to achieving justice in mining and facilitating a just transition at COP 28 Faith Pavilion. Credit: JENA/PACJA

COP28: Faith, Civil Actors Call for “ethical practice” in Accessing Africa’s Resources

Dec 6, 2023

Faith and civil actors in Africa are calling for “ethical practice” in accessing Africa’s natural resources.

Bishop Dionísio Hisiilenapo of Namibe Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Africa Needs to “take action from within” in Fighting Climate Change: Bishop in Angola

Dec 5, 2023

Countries in Africa need to take the lead in fighting climate change and not wait for solutions from outside the continent, the Catholic Bishop of Namibe Diocese in Angola has said.

Papal aide Monsignor Paolo Braida reads Pope Francis' prepared remarks for the Sunday Angelus on Dec. 3, 2023, from the chapel at the papal residence at Casa Santa Marta. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on First Sunday of Advent: "I’m improving, but my voice still doesn’t work"

Dec 3, 2023

Pope Francis, for the second consecutive Sunday, was assisted by an aide in praying the Angelus, as he continues to recover from an acute bronchial infection.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental Destruction is "an offense against God"

Dec 2, 2023

Pope Francis canceled his scheduled trip to Dubai days before the climate summit at the request of his doctors.

Bishop Charles Kasonde delivering the message of Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region. Credit: AMECEA

What Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Seek to Champion at COP28

Dec 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region will be advocating for good governance in the extraction of minerals, and operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund among other issues at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023. | Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Pope Francis Says He is "still not well," Has Aide Read General Audience Speech

Nov 29, 2023

One day after canceling his trip to Dubai at the request of his doctors, Pope Francis appeared at his public Wednesday audience and shared with a raspy voice that he was still not feeling well as he recovers from the flu.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Cancels Pope Francis’ Trip to Climate Conference in Dubai, Citing Ongoing Illness

Nov 28, 2023

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.

Pope Francis on Nov. 24, 2023, met with representatives, mayors, and religious leaders from areas in central Italy hit by devastating earthquakes between August 2016 and January 2017. | Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: More Sustainable Cities Can Help with Population Decline

Nov 24, 2023

Pope Francis said Friday one of the ways to address population decline is to make cities more sustainable, increasing the quality of life for those who live there.

Pope Francis received President-Designate of COP28 UAE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Oct. 11, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis’ Trip to Dubai in December

Nov 9, 2023

The pope will visit the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city Dec. 1–3 where he will give a speech and meet world leaders.

COP28 logo. | Credit: rafapress/Shutterstock

Vatican Joins Interfaith Declaration on Fighting Climate Change

Nov 8, 2023

The Holy See has signed an interfaith declaration on taking action to protect the environment during a religious summit held ahead of COP28.

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Attend COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai in December

Nov 2, 2023

Pope Francis said in a TV interview he will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the second time from Dec. 1–3.

A poster announcing the Faith and the Future: Empowering Environmental Stewardship through the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT). Credit: Laudato Si' Movement Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Call for Urgent Commitment to Earth-Friendly Policies at COP28

Oct 13, 2023

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) are calling on world leaders expected to be part of the planned 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to come up with policies that are earth-friendly in order to avert the effects of climate change.

Pope Francis received President-Designate of COP28 UAE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

COP28 President-designate Meets with Pope Francis to Discuss Common Climate Goals 

Oct 12, 2023

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber from the UAE met the pope on Wednesday at the Vatican ahead of the COP28 meeting taking place in Dubai Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.