Pope Francis is bringing "a sense of mercy, a sense of joy, a sense of accepting people where they are" to the church, Bishop Robert McElroy says.
Faith and Justice: The encyclical is great for individual reading but even better for a book club, class, or discussion group. Here's a readers' guide to Laudato Si'.
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.
While headlines and social media outlets broadcast the beheadings, burnings, kidnappings and other barbarous acts performed by the Islamic State, the rise of the group in Iraq and Syria holds both a challenge and opportunity for relations among Muslims, Jews and Christians.
The Peace Pulpit: Let the love of God impel us to reach out to others in love even in the most terrible circumstances of hate and violence.
Young Voices: Young people are demanding change. I hear them each day. They demand our commitment and our ability to see and recognize the truth.
Clerics who work in the Vatican's diplomatic corps are not called to be "senior officials of a state" or "a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms," Pope Francis said.
Rather, they must be "authentic pastors," with the "courage to plow" with their own hands the fields of mission to which they are assigned, he told future Vatican diplomats during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday.
"We hope that everyone feels welcome to come, and certainly people who have experienced same-sex attraction are certainly welcome like anyone else," he said.
Pope Francis isn't going to be visiting the United States until September, but that hasn't kept the pope from going all around the nation, if only as a simple piece of paper for the time being.
Chicago-based Catholic Extension is helping to build excitement and support for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the United States by creating Flat Francis.
The project takes some inspiration from "The Flat Stanley Project," which centers on a paper cutout of Flat Stanley, a cartoon drawing based on books of the same name, being photographed with people in numerous locations.
Last week, Jeb Bush joined a number of Republicans who have relativized the value of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'.