A headline in the Washington Post Friday morning said, “A Test of Faith: Pope Francis Puts GOP Hopefuls on the Defensive.” And, well, he might. After all, Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ is an affirmation of the scientific consensus on climate change, and very strong instruction that the world needs to do something about it… and fast.
Eco-Catholic: 'We see this as an essential part of the solution, if we look for the common good."
Eco-Catholic: Online coverage of Laudato Si' could be found on both conservative and liberal websites.
Eco-Catholic: "I think one of the best parts of this encyclical is the call for ongoing dialogue, conversation of everybody to solve some of these problems."
Updated: How did the world respond to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology? Check out our round-up of reactions from Thursday.
Peaceful. That is the only word that fully describes how I feel after reading "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis this morning.
For the past six years, I have worked within the Catholic church to address the pressing issue of human-forced climate change. During that time, I have experienced some hopeful glimpses of how the church might animate effective responses to this challenge.
The annual Cosmos & Creation Conference has developed into a much-anticipated gathering of men and women of science who are, for lack of a better word, believers.
Noting that Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment has specific application in the Pacific Northwest -- from melting glaciers and forest fires to drought and fossil fuel projects -- a group of ecumenical and environmental leaders announced a gathering will be held tomorrow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Seattle to welcome the pontifical teaching.
The Vatican is set to release the encyclical "Laudato Si', On care for our common home" at noon Rome time (6 a.m. eastern) tomorrow.
On Thursday, Pope Francis will publish his encyclical, "Laudato Si': On care for our common home," on the environment and human ecology.
In the run-up to the encyclical release, NCR has revisited Francis' major speeches, addresses and messages on environmental issues in an effort to better understand the ideas that might appear in Laudato Si'. The texts from Francis' papacy have touched on a multitude of themes:
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.