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Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, a Wind Power Sheet, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Forests: the cheape...

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.

Pope Francis, Meet Bolivia's Pachamama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. ...

Republican 'Religious Freedom' Laws Will Hurt More Than Gay Couples

Martha Burk | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The so-called religious freedom laws Republican wannabees seek are fig leafs for discrimination against gay couples. But should such laws become reality, they would go far beyond the ability of a Christian business to refuse to cater a gay wedding.

Bolivia's Witches Demand Respect, Seek Common Ground With The Pope

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

EL ALTO, Bolivia, July 4 (Reuters) - At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outsid...

Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.

Pope Francis Prepares For Grueling Trip To Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a gru...

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Church's Persecution Of Waldensians

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny...

Gay Catholics Will Be Silenced During Pope Francis' U.S. Trip

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack C...

Pope Francis Prays In Front Of The Shroud Of Turin

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin has captivated thousands of Christians over centuries, some of whom believe it covered Jesus Christ during his burial -- and on Su...

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Did Archbishop John Nienstedt Try To Stop The Investigation Into Himself?

Minnesota Public Radio | Madeleine Baran | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

On April 10, 2014 — seven months into the clergy sex abuse scandal — Archbishop John Nienstedt's top advisers gathered for a private meeting. They...

Kate Sheppard

Inhofe Argues The Pope Is Wrong On Climate Change, Says The Poor Need Fossil Fuels | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's most vocal climate change critic, James Inhofe (R-Okla.), begs to differ with the head of the Roman Catholic Church on whet...

Will Pope Francis Challenge Climate Change Skeptics In The U.S.?

Reuters | By Mary Wisniewski | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - Some U.S. scientists are expressing hope that Pope Francis' encyclical on global warming embracing the view that it is ...

Pope Francis Is Ready To Rumble In Epic Superhero Trailer On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment has been called everything from an “anticapitalist revolution” to an “explosive intervention” th...

Why The 'Apparitions' Of The Virgin Mary In This Small Bosnian Town Are So Controversial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

The Vatican will soon rule on the validity of a series of alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, Pope Francis annou...

Pope Francis' New Tribunal Will Hold Bishops Accountable For Covering Up Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis took the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating ...

Pope Francis: 'Send Me Good Vibrations'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has asked reporters who don't pray to at least send him "good vibrations". The pope always asks people to pray for him but he put a ne...

Head Liturgist In Charge Of Music For Pope Francis' Philadelphia Mass Resigns Over Dispute With Archbishop

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The head of liturgical music for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who was also to play a key role orchestrating the huge outdoor Mass concluding...

Vatican Treasures To Go On Display In Philadelphia

AP | SHARON JOHNSON | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican. "Vatic...

Pope Francis Draws From St. Francis For His Encyclical's Title: Reports

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is taking a cue from his namesake -- St. Francis of Assisi -- for the title of his upcoming encyclical on the environment. The Pope's...

San Francisco Archbishop's Sad (But Predictable) Views On Caitlyn Jenner

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Amid the national buzz over transgender celebrity Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner revealing her new female identity, a leading culture ...

There Are More Catholics In The World, But Fewer Priests

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new report mapping the Catholic Church’s more than 1.2 billion souls — on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 — holds some surprises. ...

Climate Change This Week: Nerd Power, Deadly Heat Waves, Biblical Deluges, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Americans' Exposure To Heat Extremes Could Rise 6-Fold By 2050 - exposing vastly more Americans to dangerous heat waves due to a combination of rising temperatures and rapid population growth in the South and West, a new study warns.