Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment was so "appropriate and absolutely essential" for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Eco Catholic: Francis described minerals as "a precious gift from God" that are fundamental to many aspects of human life and activity.
Eco-Catholic: Walking in the footsteps of Thomas Berry, Jim Conlon would coin the term geo-justice, a word that means making connections between the universe story and justice work.
Pope Francis last month attracted international attention with the release of his environmental encyclical, in which he described climate change as "a global problem with grave implications" that needs to be urgently addressed.
Particular attention was placed on the failings of political leaders and the importance of people changing their lifestyles, making sacrifices to help combat climate change.
Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a "climate change desk," part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.
The federation wants each bishops' conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and also study Pope Francis' “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home” encyclical.
We say: This encyclical strikes at the heart of where and how we in the developed world live upon and relate to the rest of the planet.
Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis' historic encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope's groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview.
Last week, bishops' conferences across the world were sent a message urging them to speak up about the message of the papal letter, which called for greater action on the environment, said Turkson, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Presidential hopefuls arriving in Iowa should expect to engage in “an open and honest conversation” about climate change, according to one of the state’s bishops.
"The denial of climate change is no longer a quest of scientific truth but it is an effort to protect private interests against those of the common good."