- Jan 28, 2020
The Vatican Gardens has branched out and added a small orchard to its hillsides, becoming a safe haven for a number of endangered native Italian fruit and nut tree species.
Pope Francis told world leaders attending the COP23 session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, to maintain a proactive and collaborative spirit so they can better stimulate and increase awareness and the willingness “to adopt truly effective decisions” to tackle climate change and poverty, and promote true, integral human development.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo says the ongoing ASEAN summit is an opportunity for the Philippine government to ask Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take back shipments, labeled as recyclable plastics, which arrived in batches from Canada in July and August of 2013. However, the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs discovered they actually contained hazardous waste materials.
Pope Francis held an audience with leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, an organization of 18 member nations, whose aim is to increase regional cooperation and its voice on the world stage. “Not only geographic and territorial distances, but also distances in time are dissolved by the realization that everything in the world is intimately connected,” the pope said.
Father Bill Pickard was one of six people arrested and charged with defiant trespass during the second nonviolent protest in a week at land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania. The protests were designed to slow if not stop construction on a leg of a pipeline being built to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation has objected to the building of a pipeline on land they own, and worked loosely with the anti-pipeline group in efforts to block construction. The sisters say that the pipeline “is a violation of the sanctity of creation, compelling us to challenge its installation through peaceful, prayerful resistance.”