Sisters’ billboards bring pope’s environmental message to Iowa caucuses

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February 2, 2016

Participants pray a silent blessing during a Jan. 27 gathering in Dubuque, Iowa, for more than 20 billboards placed by women religious in strategic locations throughout Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and western Illinois. The billboards, posted in January and into February, carry the message "Standing with Pope Francis; Caring for Our Common Home." (CNS photo/Sister Carol Hoverman) See GSR-BILLBOARDS-POPE-ENVIRONMENT Feb. 1, 2016.

Participants pray a silent blessing during a Jan. 27 gathering in Dubuque, Iowa, for more than 20 billboards placed by women religious in strategic locations throughout Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and western Illinois. The billboards, posted in January and into February, carry the message “Standing with Pope Francis; Caring for Our Common Home.” (CNS photo/Sister Carol Hoverman)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) — As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.

They did so by placing more than 20 billboards in strategic locations throughout state, southwest Wisconsin and western Illinois.

The billboards, posted in January and into February, carry the message “Standing with Pope Francis; Caring for Our Common Home.” In his latest encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis urgently calls people all over the world to take action to protect the earth.

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