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Peace: an unexpected reaction to 'Laudato Si'

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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.

Seattle Catholics plan encyclical related event tomorrow evening

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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.

Pope's Eco Quotes: the entire series

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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:

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