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.
Eco Catholic: A new survey by Pew Research Center shows that U.S. Catholics are slightly ahead of the curve compared to the general public regarding climate change.
I have never seen anything like it. Pope Francis' unpublished encyclical on climate change has drawn more attention than almost any other unseen document ever anticipated. And messages in response to the unknown have been both positive and negative.
Eco Catholic: An Italian-language version of Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues was posted four days early Monday.
Eco Catholic: Fr. Michael Perry says the interconnectedness of all creatures should help people to recognize that when they hoard resources, they are harming their brothers and sisters
Vague concerns and long-winded reports about hunger must be turned into action with policies that guarantee access to food, and lifestyles that stop wasting and start sharing, Pope Francis said.
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."