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Nuns On The Bus Echo Pope's Sentiments During Ohio Stop

Sister Simone Campbell speaks during an event in Columbus.
Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio

A group of politically active nuns is headed to Washington DC. They plan to see Pope Francis and to spread a message they say he’ll appreciate.

Nuns on the Bus stopped by the Statehouse in Columbus to talk about climate change and clean energy, which Pope Francis dealt with in a recent letter to church leaders.

Sister Simone Campbell is a founder of the group, and she says environmental issues reflect the world’s problems.

“The toxicity in our environment is not just the air, the water, the pollution that is making us look a bit like a pile of filth," she said. "But there’s a toxicity of polarization, a toxicity of racism.” 

The nuns called on state lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to embrace green energy technologies. A report is expected at the end of the month from a panel that’s been studying the state’s alternative energy standards since a law halted them for two years.