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Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines, May 10. The Federation of Asian BishopsÕ Conferences wants to set up 22 Òclimate change desksÓ that would support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and to study Pope FrancisÕ "Laudato Si'" encyclical. (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA) See PHILIPPINES-CLIMATE July 7, 2015.

Philippine bishops to decide whether to establish climate change desk

July 7, 2015 MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a “climate change desk,” part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. The federation wants each bishops’ conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate…

Iowa Catholic and other religious leaders, clean energy advocates and others hold a news conference July 2 to urge people of the state to take action on environmental issues in light of Pope Francis' new Laudato Si'" encyclical. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Des Moines) See LAUDATO-IOWA July 7, 2015.

Iowans urged to ‘buckle down, get to work’ on environmental problems

July 7, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) — Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates encouraged Catholic Iowans to take advantage of the…

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