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A child touches a figurine of the baby Jesus as Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2022. (CNS photo/Cristian Gennari, pool)
Michael O'Brien
Between unwrapping unwanted presents, tons of holiday food ending up in the garbage, fossil-fuel burning to power millions of Christmas lights and many other instances of Yuletide overindulgence, the commemoration of the humble birth of Jesus comes at a significant expense to the environment.
Colleen Jurkiewicz
The C.E.C. demonstrates a profound, organic Catholicism that places people within "the wholeness of creation" and asks them "to look and feel and touch and know it."
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Charles C. Camosy
In his new document, 'Laudate Deum,' Pope Francis gives us more hope about humanity’s right relationship with other animals, even if it lacks specifics.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jaime L. Waters
Pope Francis draws inspiration, especially from psalms and legal texts, to remind humans of our shared status with creation.
Politics & SocietyEditorials
The Editors
During this coming election cycle, Americans (including Catholics) need to hear far more about the moral duty to protect the environment.
Arts & CultureBooks
Christine Lenahan
Sucked into the belly of an 80-foot sperm whale, scuba diver Jay Gardiner reconciles the loss of his father and challenges the power of the creatures of the sea in Daniel Kraus’s novel 'Whalefall.’