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Smoke rises from a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India (AP)

The organisations cited the Pope’s encyclical on the environment as the inspiration for the decision

Dead and dying trees near Cressman, California. The state has been hit by severe drought (AP)

From greater investment in renewables, to a change in our own consumption habits, there is plenty to do

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday

Environmentalists campaigning in Paris  (CNS)

An agreement on global warming was reached at the end of the COP21 summit in Paris on the weekend

French President Francois Hollande, right, French Foreign Minister and president of the COP21 Laurent Fabius, second right, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and UN Secretary General Ban ii-moon at COP21 (AP)

An agreement to try and curb global warming was reached at the UN climate change conference on Saturday

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (CNS)

The COP21 conference, currently underway in Paris, will conclude on Friday

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s that ‘every effort should be made to mitigate the impact of climate change’

The climate change protesters in Westminster

Fr Martin Newell has been sentenced to jail six times already

The UN's COP21 Climate Change Conference (AP)

Pope Francis has said it would be ‘tragic’ if special interests won out over the common good