Environment

Luke Hansen, S.J. November 11, 2019
What were the results of the Amazon synod?
The pope's message was addressed to those attending a meeting of state parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
A firefighter douses water on a house after it was burned by the wind-driven Getty Fire outside Los Angeles Oct. 28, 2019. By Oct. 29, the fire had burned more than 600 acres and was 5% contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. (CNS photo/Gene Blevins, Reuters) 
Jim McDermott October 30, 2019
The convent lost power and generators were put into place as backup. A fire department captain told local media that the sisters, some of whom were on oxygen, were scared but in good spirits. “We joked with them a little bit.... They are a great bunch of ladies.”
Gerard O’Connell October 29, 2019
Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego spoke with America on Oct. 27, the day it ended, and shared his reflections on the main topics addressed by the synod and the proposals made in its final document.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City, right, speaks to members of a small working group at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on Oct. 10, 2019, in the Vatican synod hall. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell October 25, 2019
The Mexican cardinal said “integral ecology” and the need for “ecological conversion” have been central points of the synod. “We all agreed that the church should be a factor for wakening consciences to care for the common home,” he said.
A man carries water in the mountains near Goma, Congo, Aug. 14, 2019. A representative of the Catholic bishops of Congo have called on multinational corporations working in the mineral-rich country to contribute toward local development. (CNS photo/Baz Ratner, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell October 24, 2019
The cardinal expects the synod’s final document to highlight the different levels of “responsibility towards Mother Earth, towards the natural environment, and on this we are all in agreement. What is said of Amazonia is also true of the Congo basin.”