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Archdiocese, religious orders divest from fossil fuel companies

May 11, 2017

Representatives of five religious communities and the Archdiocese of Pescara-Penne, Italy, have announced that they will no longer invest in fossil fuel companies.

The communities, inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, include the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary of Wheaton, Illinois, St. Joseph’s Province of the Passionist order in the United Kingdom; and in Italy, the Society of Jesus and the Siloe Monastic Community.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - May. 11, 2017 5:56 PM ET USA

    In keeping with Laudato Si I guess Pope Francis should give up air travel and the Pope Mobile because of all the fossil fuel used. He will have to follow Jesus and walk or use a donkey.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 11, 2017 3:14 PM ET USA

    Great idea. I hope they will be consistent and stop driving their cars, and turn off their lights as well. And not take hot showers. Or cook their food.