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Vatican urges Catholics to divest from fossil fuel companies

Last week, the Vatican issued its first-ever set of comprehensive environmental guidelines. The guidelines include an endorsement of fossil fuel divestment, as well as encouragement to participate in the Season of Creation, an annual season for ecological action.

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Fossil fuel divestment for a zero carbon future: A conference for religious

An earlier version of this article by Operation Noah trustee Revd Dr Martin Poulsom SDB was published on the Conference of Religious website.

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Seven Catholic institutions announce divestment from fossil fuels

On the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, Tuesday 4 October, seven Catholic institutions around the world announced that they plan to divest from fossil fuel companies, citing the inspiration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sì.

Among the organisations joining the divestment announcement, the largest so far in the Catholic Church, were the Jesuits of the English Canada province; the Missionary Society of St Columban, based in Hong Kong; Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea; Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesians) in Italy; the Diocese of Umuarama, Brazil – the first Catholic diocese to do so; St Louis-based SSM Health in the US; and Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service in Italy. Read more