The group was meeting at the Vatican March 7-9 to discuss the contributions religions can make to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in a way that responds to the needs of the poor and respects the environment.
President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget sent shivers through social service, education and environmental communities, prompting church leaders and advocates to question the administration’s commitment to people in need.
Catholic groups were among dozens mobilizing to prevent any rollback of laws and international agreements protecting the environment in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises to undo directives that he believes hinder business development.
A new strategic plan adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 15 during its fall general assembly reflects the efforts of Pope Francis to establish a more merciful and accompanying church, said the archbishop who led the planning process.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s new environmental justice initiative, known as EJ 2020, was praised in a Nov. 4 statement from Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.