One in five seminaries and theological institutions in North America surveyed offer courses on faith and the environment and the number appears to be growing, a study by a Jerusalem-based interfaith environmental group found.
At the conclusion of, in his own words, “this lengthy reflection,” Pope Francis proposes in the final pages of “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home” two prayers for the earth community. Both have taken a powerful hold on Notre Dame School Sr. Kathleen Storms’ heart.
“Wouldn’t it be interesting, if we used these prayers as a Creed?” she said.
A dip into those last pages of the 184-page environmental encyclical reveals the deep allure and poignancy of Francis’ words in “A prayer for our earth”:
NCR asked prominent media ecologist Thom Gencarelli to weigh in on a portion of Laudato Si' that warns against the use of media to "shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences."
Last week, Jeb Bush joined a number of Republicans who have relativized the value of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'.
Eco Catholic: "It's a time for the church to be bold, to speak about major issues, and to achieve a new level of relevance in people's lives."
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.