The Diocese of Des Moines
Film showing on climate change
September 24, 2012
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

A group called Friends of St. Francis (a care of creation group) at St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish in Elkhart invites everyone to a showing of the movie "Sun Come Up" on the feast of St. Francis, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The movie is being promoted by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The film depicts some of the world's first "climate refugees," inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The local Catholic Church has been instrumental in efforts to relocate people leaving the islands.  The film is 38-minutes long and will be followed by a reception and discussion about the film and what we can do in response based in authentic Catholic teaching. In his 2010 World Day of Peace message, Pope Benedict XVI said, "Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change ... Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of 'environmental refugees' ...?" For more information, contact Tim Kautza at 515-964-7687 or and visit Save to


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