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December 4, 2015


"Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. Again and again I have thought of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris, and everywhere crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning than charity: "What a tragedy: how many souls are being shut out of heaven and falling into hell, thanks to you!" I wish they would work as hard at this as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learnin g and the talents entrusted to them."

-St. Francis Xavier, a letter to St. Ignatius of Loyola 

St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries, pray for us!

Agriculture-Climate Connection in Focus
As international leaders gather in Paris to discuss approaches to climate change, farming organizations are making sure that agriculture is part of the discussion. The World Farmers Organisation coordinated a Farmers Day yesterday, and the event drew a crowd of farm group leaders, researchers, and social advocates.

The meeting was an important reminder that agriculture and climate change are intricately related in multiple ways; not only is farming negatively impacted by a changing climate, but unsustainable agricultural practices themselves contribute to climate change. Visit CRL to read our quick take on Farmers Day COP21.

Focus on Rural Women; Makes a Great Gift!
CRL's Fall 2015 magazine has been printed and mailed to members. This issue focuses on "Rural Women: The Feminine Genius in the Countryside", and is packed with some excellent content, including a feature on women religious in the countryside and a Q&A with a young female rancher.

If you're not a CRL member and didn't receive a copy in the mail, never fear! You can order your issue today. Or, for the perfect Christmas gift for the rural lover in your life, purchase an annual subscription! We're happy to send the recipient a letter notifying them of your generosity. Just talk to Beth Hyser at / 651.962.5955.

Changing Climate Threatens Food Security
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report at the start of the Paris climate change talks on global food security. According to their major scientific assessment, climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead.

The report, entitled Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.S. Food System, identifies the risks that climate change poses to global food security and the challenges facing farmers and consumers in adapting to changing climate conditions. Click here to access the report and view a six-minute summary video.

Executive Director Talks Climate Change
CRL executive director Jim Ennis took to the airwaves yesterday to speak about climate change from a Catholic perspective. Ennis was a guest on The Drew Mariani Show, a program on the Relevant Radio network of Catholic programming.

Ennis talked about why Catholics should care about climate change and how it relates to farming. He also took several calls from listeners, and articulated why combatting climate change is actually a pro-life position. You can read a quick recap of Ennis's time on the program, or listen to the segment online (starts at the 18 minute mark).

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