St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals and the Environment

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"Not to hurt the creatures, brethren, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it." --Saint Francis of AssisiOn October 4, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.A Franciscan monk who lived in the thirteenth century, Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Italy; but following a dramatic vision, he forsook his high-spirited wealthy lifestyle and embraced … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Crocodile

I would stress that education, correctly understood, cannot fail to foster respect for creation…. Environmental protection and the connection between fighting poverty and fighting climate change are important areas for the promotion of integral human development. --Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to diplomats accredited to the Holy See on Monday, January 9, 2012Our Holy Father is in love with Creation.  That is evident in his teachings, in his writings, in his smile when he encounters an animal or … [Read more...]

HAMSTERS JUST GOTTA HAVE FUN! Crops of Their Very Own—and a “Hamster Hotel” for Wannabes

A pesky little rodent from a small enclave in eastern France has nibbled its way into the hearts of the European Court of Justice—and the French government had better protect them, or else!I’m talking here about the Alsatian hamster, a 10-inch bundle of fur that has been having a tough time in France’s rich farmland, especially since farmers began growing summer corn.  Planted later in the year, the cornfields yielded no seeds for the hamsters when they woke from their winter hibernation in the … [Read more...]


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