Candidates, party platforms differ on need for climate change action

Piles of debris are left outside flood damaged homes Aug. 22 in Denham Springs, La. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters)

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Washington-August’s torrential rains that caused catastrophic flooding in southern Louisiana have convinced Robert Gorman that it’s time to think about being ready the next time the floods hit.

Gorman, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Houma-Thibodaux, La., diocese has been discussing with his wife pre-emptive steps to take before the water rises. While their home wasn’t damaged in August, the Gormans are getting prepared should an unpredictable downpour affect their neighborhood.

Catholic Charities is among numerous agencies still responding to the immediate needs of families displaced by the storm, which dropped up to 31 inches of rain in some locales.Continue Reading Click Here

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Prayer for our earth from Pope Francis

It’s been just over a year since Pope Francis released Laudato Si or “Praise Be to You”. The pope’s remarks on climate change are as urgent today as a year ago and prayer is always needed. Below is a prayer from the the pope’s encyclical.

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.