Eco Catholic: "Respect for the environment means more than simply using cleaner products or recycling what we use. These are important aspects, but not enough."
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' coming encyclical on the environment will represent "a significant moment in the life of the church."
The Vatican on Wednesday quietly confirmed the title of Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated upcoming encyclical letter on environmental issues while releasing details of a press conference to be held before its release June 18.
The encyclical, as NCR first reported May 30, will be titled “Laudato Si’, on the care of our common home.”
When graduating seniors at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, Calif., bid farewell June 13 to their alma mater, many will have signed onto a pledge to carry their school’s social and environmental consciousness into their future careers.
Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message -- one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.
"The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people's life and health," Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.
Even before the papal encyclical on the climate crisis appears, it is having an effect in religious communities beyond the Catholic church. More than 300 rabbis have signed a rabbinic letter on the climate crisis, calling for vigorous action to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek "eco-social justice."
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 decision came after a more than yearlong conversation at the Washington, D.C.-based university, one largely prompted by students concerned with connecting the school’s Jesuit roots with the issue of climate change. It is the second U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels in some capacity, after the University of Dayton made the move last June.
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.