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Men Religious Commit to Cherish Creation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) – The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) overwhelmingly passed a resolution Aug. 7 committing to “a deeper engagement” to protect the earth and “cherish all creation.”

The conference, made up of leaders who represent more than 17,000 Catholic religious brothers and priests in the U.S., laid out steps for member congregations to take in solidarity with Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change in his encyclical on the environment.

“With this act, CMSM commits to a deeper engagement on this issue and transforming practices in communities where they and their members live and minister,” the resolution said.

Action on the resolution, titled “Cherish All of Creation,” came during the annual CMSM assembly, held Aug. 5-8 in Charlotte. This year’s theme was “Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life: Gratitude, Passion, Hope.”