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A man wraps his shirt over his face as he tries to extinguish a fire, near the seaside resort of Lindos, on the Aegean Sea island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on July 24, 2023. Among other regions, Europe is facing growing climate risks and is unprepared for them, the European Environment Agency said on March 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Michal J. Kramarek
Almost four out of five U.S. Catholics said they “have a moral responsibility” to combat climate change. But there are strong differences between Democrats and Republicans on environmental issues.
At left: the Marshall Steam Station coal power plant, near Mooresville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Politics & SocietyOf Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
In issuing “Laudato Si’,” nine years ago, Pope Francis made climate change a central issue in the church’s social teaching. Are we still paying attention?
The movie poster from the film Deliver Us featuring a woman bathing in an icy body of water in an opening in the shape of a cross
Arts & CultureFilm
Erik VanBezooijen
“Deliver Us” uses the Christian theme of apocalypse to explore the painfully timely issue of climate crisis.
Activists demonstrate for climate justice and a ceasefire at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Dec. 9, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
“Faith actors at COP28 were there to be the moral voice of the climate talks, reminding negotiators that their words, the texts that they fight about, have real consequences in people’s lives.”
Subsistence farmers display crops
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Small farmers here in the middle of Central America’s dry corridor are almost totally reliant on rainfall to water their crops. As those rains become less reliable because of climate change, crop failures and then migration are the results.
Pope Francis
In a speech to the COP28 meeting of world leaders in Dubai read by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis decried the ‘inordinate greed that has made the environment the object of unbridled exploitation.’