Brian Roewe is NCR environment correspondent. Much of his reporting appears at EarthBeat, NCR's new journalism initiative on faith and climate change. He has covered environmental issues for NCR since 2011. His reporting has earned multiple honors, most recently at the 2020 Religion News Association awards. Brian began with NCR in November 2011, and is a graduate of Saint Louis University and Rockhurst University.
Vatican City - Tom Stang crossed paths with GSR in St. Peter's Square after the closing Mass for the synod for the Amazon — the part of the world his sister held dear and for which she gave her life.
For roughly eight and a half years, Sr. Juana Yakelin Vásquez Díaz has lived in the Amazon rainforest of northeastern Brazil. A human rights defender, she is well aware of the challenges facing the region's species and people, many of whom are farmers and live near the river.
Started in June 2018, the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign challenged congregations to find ways, both personally and in their communities, to implement the message of the pope's encyclical Laudato Si'. Leading the effort has been Sr. Sheila Kinsey, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and executive co-secretary for UISG's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission.
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis' Laudato Si' positioned the church to be a prominent voice on climate change. But despite that energy, there's still a feeling that Catholics have the potential to do more.