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VIEWPOINT | The Paris Agreement and global solidarity

President Donald Trump is taking time to listen to his advisers on whether the United States should honor the Paris Agreement on climate change. The administration has repeatedly delayed its decision and an announcement is expected after the meeting of G-7 leaders in Sicily. This delay may be a good thing.

Trump's decision to abandon Paris climate pact called 'deeply troubling'

Protesters carryied signs on the People's Climate March April 29 outside the White House in Washington. On June 1, the U.S. bishops urged President Donald Trump to honor the nation's commitment to the Paris climate pact and protect the planet.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's June 1 decision "not to honor the U.S. commitment" to the Paris climate agreement "is deeply troubling," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

A Green Machine | With the school leading the way, Holy Redeemer Parish aims for zero waste

Photos by Teak Phillips || @TeakPhillips

Jamie Hasemeier stomped on compostables at the Holy Redeemer Parish fish fry March 24 in Webster Groves. The yellow bins are for food scraps and compostables, which are taken to a local commercial facility to convert into compost for yards and gardens. Sarah Andres helped steady the bin for Hasemeier, while Hasemeier’s daughter Clara, left, watched.

During World War II, the illustration "Rosie the Riveter" depicted a determined woman filling a man's dirty, factory job to help American troops fight the Axis powers.

Fast-forward about 75 years and you'll find a just-as-determined woman working in another dirty job to help her parish community fight a pressing issue of the day.

So it was that Jamie Hasemeier — dressed similarly to Rosie in a green bandana, a denim shirt, an apron and gloves on a late March day — unglamorously was sifting through garbage at Holy Redeemer Parish's fish fry.

Yes, garbage.

Editorial | Act now to preserve our planet

"The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God" ("Laudato Si' on Care for Our Common Home.")

Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is up to us, Pope Francis stated in his encyclical on the environment published in 2015.

We've made progress in the nearly two years since the encyclical was published, but much more remains to be accomplished.

Pope Francis proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, Pope Francis proposed adding the care of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. He stated that care for creation requires “a grateful contemplation of God’s world,” such as this mountain scene in Idaho.

VATICAN CITY — Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for creation requires "a grateful contemplation of God's world," while as a corporal work, it calls for "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness."

‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

WASHINGTON — Thinking green isn't easy. Nor is it always cheap.

But for St. Michael Parish in Poway, Calif., north of San Diego, parishioners are already seeing the benefits — spiritual, financial and environmental — of a $1.3 million investment in a solar panel system.

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