Will the pope go vegan for Lent?

February 13, 2019 by  
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Pope Francis is known for his simplicity, favoring what’s been called “papal athleisure” over the fine silks worn by his predecessors, and urging Christians to forego greed. He doesn’t want to be a millionaire. But will he turn down the chance to donate a million dollars to the charity of his choice? That’s what a group of celebrity vegans, led by 12-year-old Genesis Butler, are offering if Pope Francis goes vegan for Lent. The group Million Dollar Vegan launched earlier this month by sending a letter from the young activist newspapers around the world. Butler’s open letter to the pope appeals to Francis’ concerns about climate change , environmental degradation and poverty. “In your encyclical letter, Laudato si’, you stated that every effort to protect and improve our world will involve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption. I agree with all my heart and seek your support in tackling one of the largest underlying causes of the problems we face: animal agriculture.” An encyclical is a papal letter sent to all the Catholic bishops. Related: If you won’t go vegan for yourself, will you do it for Beyoncé? Butler chose to go vegan at the age of six. She’s the founder of a nonprofit called Genesis for Animals and is the youngest person to give a TEDx talk. Million Dollar Vegan is a nonprofit campaign, launched by Matthew Glover and Jane Land, with a mission to fight climate change with diet change. Vegan heavyweights like Paul McCartney, Moby, Mean Suvari and Woody Harrelson support the campaign. Lent is the six-week period before Easter. Catholics mark this solemn time with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In the Catholic tradition, fasting means significantly reducing food intake, rather than abstaining completely. Many Catholics abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. However, also giving up fish, eggs and dairy is a big jump. The whole world is watching to see whether Pope Francis will agree to change his diet for six weeks. “We are launching this deliberately bold, audacious campaign to jolt our world leaders from their complacency,” Glover said. “We are thankful that Pope Francis has spoken out on these issues and that is why we are humbly asking him to try vegan for Lent and set an example of how each of us can align our principles of caring and compassion with our actions.” + Million Dollar Vegan Images via Million Dollar Vegan and Pete Souza

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Episode 10: The green business year in review

December 29, 2015 by  
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From the Pope’s climate encyclical to big sustainability breakthroughs in finance, transportation and food, 2015 was full of major environmental milestones.

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How resilience will shape the future of building design

December 29, 2015 by  
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The time to rethink the way we build has arrived.

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Welcome to the next generation of sustainable development

September 14, 2015 by  
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COP 21, the administration’s Clean Power Plan, and the Pope’s Laudato Si, taken together, are creating new momentum for sustainability.

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Why we need an ‘Interdependence’ Day

July 14, 2015 by  
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From the Pope’s Encyclical to an array of alarming reports, evidence that we need to rethink our relationship with biodiversity is all around us.

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A thoughtful conversation about the Pope’s Encyclical

July 9, 2015 by  
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An opinion piece about the Pope’s climate statement elicited a response from former government officials, distinguished professors, and corporate sustainability leaders.

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Pope confirms that all dogs go to heaven

December 15, 2014 by  
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Catholic pet lovers can relax now, after the Pope recently announced that animal companions can go to heaven. While speaking to a boy grieving for a dog who had passed, Pope Francis said, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” His statement immediately launched a world-wide discussion between everyone from  animal rights activists to theologians. Read the rest of Pope confirms that all dogs go to heaven Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal rights , animals heaven , animals paradise , catholic church , Catholic doctrine , cats heaven , cats paradise , dogs heaven , dogs paradise , pets heaven , pets paradise , Pope , Pope Francis , pope on animals , pope on pets

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Werner Sobek’s Temporary Altar is a Cantilevering Shelter for the Pope

March 9, 2012 by  
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