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'The government wants to build thousands of new houses in the Green Belt' (PA)

I do not want to see the Green Belt turned into a concrete jungle, but restrictive planning laws and environmentally-friendly policies come at a price

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope spoke at the event organised by environmental organisations including the Focolare Movement of Rome

Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the award for best actor at the Oscars on Sunday (AP)

At a conference on environmental issues, Sister Aloha Vergara urged Catholics to ‘be like Leonardo DiCaprio’

A lamb sits around the neck of Pope Francis as he visits a Nativity scene last year (CNS)

Previous winners of the animal welfare charity’s award include Morrissey, Tony Benn and Ricky Gervais

Nuns join climate justice activists at a plaza in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, a day ahead of the start of the U.N. climate change conference, known as the COP21 summit (CNS photo/Simone Orendain)

Lay faithful, priests and religious join marches around the world

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

We need a revolution in ecology, says Cardinal Rodriguez

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumba sings the appeal (CNS)

The bishops have called for ‘courageous and imaginative political leadership’ ahead of UN conference

Cardinal Nichols attends the plenary assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences in the Holy Land (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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Pope Francis made the speech this week (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope makes environmental speech just days before American visit

Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Church of England bishop for the environment

CoE Bishop Nicholas Holtam urges fellow Christians to get behind the pope’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation