Eco Catholic: Francis described minerals as "a precious gift from God" that are fundamental to many aspects of human life and activity.
The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope's groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview.
Last week, bishops' conferences across the world were sent a message urging them to speak up about the message of the papal letter, which called for greater action on the environment, said Turkson, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
"The denial of climate change is no longer a quest of scientific truth but it is an effort to protect private interests against those of the common good."
The U.S. community organizers and union leaders hope to sway Pope Francis into addressing a number of lingering national social justice issues.
Pride, greed and selfishness are destroying the planet just as they destroy human lives, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.
Simply Spirit: The Vatican's former hard-line freeze on discussing women's roles may at last be thawing out.
Eco Catholic: The Vatican announced plans Wednesday to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis feels a responsibility to remind Christians of their obligation to safeguard creation, beginning with humans who are created in the likeness of God.
Offering a possible glimpse into the upcoming papal encyclical on ecology, a top Vatican official stated that disagreements over the cause of climate change do not preclude the need for action, and that religion plays a vital role in bringing about meaningful and lasting solutions.
Eco Catholic: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the meetings will focus on the EPA's role in addressing the effects of climate change both domestically and internationally.