Le Bourget, France -- Several U.S. sisters say global climate treaty negotiations have ebbed and flowed, but they sense a deal to emerge, in part due to France itself.
Hundreds of thousands of people, including many Catholics, participated in rallies and events ahead of the United Nations climate conference, which opens Monday.
A top Vatican official has invited bishops near and far to lend prayerful support to massive global demonstrations ahead of international climate negotiations and to encourage Catholics in their dioceses to partake.
Eco Catholic: “It’s the alliance between science and religion and policy that’s going to save us,” said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, professor of atmospheric and climate sciences.
The lead consultant on "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, said that although it's a document of nearly 40,000 words, its message can be summed up in one sentence.
"We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made," Cardinal Peter Turkson said Saturday in an interview with the Catholic Times, newspaper of the Columbus diocese. "This is what the pope wants people to understand.
Catholics who work at Ohio State University regard the visit of Cardinal Peter Turkson -- a lead drafter for Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’" -- as a watershed event.
A series of college events and conferences will give attention to Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical each day next week, highlighted by two cardinals going from one campus to the next.
If Laudato Si’ offered a light on the path to a Paris climate agreement, the U.S. ought to be the one carrying the lantern, said the pope’s chief encyclical envoy Monday at Boston College.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.
Eco Catholic: Islamic leaders issued a declaration Aug. 18 that calls on all Muslims to address the root causes of climate change and environmental degradation.