Climate change is causing glaciers to melt at an unprecedented rate.

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Climate change is causing glaciers to melt at an unprecedented rate.

December 3, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Care for creation has been a hallmark of Pope Benedict's papacy.

His writings on the environment are so extensive that some call him the "green" pope.

In an effort to consider the fullness of those teachings, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other groups hosted a symposium Nov. 8-10 on environmental concerns.

Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, told Catholic News Service Catholics must share Church teaching on the environment in an effort to shape how the world addresses climate change and other environmental questions.

"We do not have time," he said. "We have to begin to do this.

"If we don't do it right, if we're not faithful to who we are as Catholics, then we cede the issue to the environmental groups," he said. "The solutions (they offer) won't be as attentive to the needs of people, particularly poor people."