Georgetown University is cutting coal from its $1.5 billion endowment, after its board of directors passed a resolution Thursday to cease all current and future direct investments.
The encyclical reportedly will be called "Laudato Sii," a quotation from a popular prayer of St. Francis of Assisi praising God for the Earth.
Eco Catholic: Climate action is becoming a growing moral imperative for all people of faith. Why? Because climate action is about saving people.
With its release, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will be the first such document to focus exclusively on issues of ecology and humans’ place within and relationship with God’s creation.
While Francis’ document has sparked renewed interest in this area, Catholics have a history of valuing creation. Its care is one of the strands of Catholic social teaching -- along with maintaining the dignity of all people, the common good, and peace and reconciliation -- present across the fabric of our history.
Eco Catholic: It's no secret: Americans are conflicted on climate change. What explains this disconnect on climate?
Update: The head of the Vatican publishing house said the anticipated environmental document is set for release June 16.
Editor's Note: Later this summer, Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment and human ecology. The highly anticipated teaching document will be the first from a pope to focus specifically on creation and human relationship with it.
Pope Francis has successfully gotten my Protestant attention.
He may not heal the rift our faiths made together during the Protestant Reformation of yore, but it surely looks small from the perspective of today. Christians agree on much more than not, like how Jesus predominantly and preeminently loved the poor and the marginalized. The rest of our differences, like ordination of women or natural law or hierarchical organization or the now understated infallibility doctrine, all pale in comparison to the witness of a man who washes feet and doesn’t waste words.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis will soon release his encyclical on the environment. We look at what he's said in the past for hints about what may come.
Eco Catholic: "Doing what Pope Francis does so well, I'd like to see him frame the issue in a pastoral way."