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How a Young Activist Is Helping Pope Francis Battle Climate Change

Molly, the women who is the subject of this report has an office at Quinnipiac Marina, right here in our neighborhood. Although COVID-19 is keeping her and her team away from the office a lot of the work on this project over the past few years was done from Fair Haven. Please read, share and enjoy the earth-saving work done by this young women. She is literally helping to save the planet by helping the Roman Catholic Church manage lands its owns.

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In the summer of 2016, Molly Burhans, a twenty-six-year-old cartographer and environmentalist from Connecticut, spoke at a Catholic conference in Nairobi, and she took advantage of her modest travel stipend to book her return trip through Rome. When she arrived, she got a room in the cheapest youth hostel she could find, and began sending e-mails to Vatican officials, asking if they’d be willing to meet with her. She wanted to discuss a project she’d been working on for months: documenting the global landholdings of the Catholic Church. To her surprise, she received an appointment in the office of the Secretariat of State.

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