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.
Show kindness, understanding and mercy in today's broken and wounded world, Pope Francis said. He expressed his condolences and spiritual closeness to those affected in Mali by deadly attacks there.
Eco Catholic: A pope-endorsed petition seeking Catholic support for substantial climate change action has netted its most prominent signer from the U.S. church hierarchy -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Pope Francis encouraged greater attention to those whose health is affected by environmental degradation and pollution. Francis meets many sick people who have rare diseases doctors can't explain.
In the 1990s, Caritas organizations in Oceania were already warning the world about rising sea levels. Climate change has been an important issue for Caritas for a long time -- whether we’ve been sounding the alarm bells, dealing with climate emergencies or helping people adapt to weather extremes.
Faith and Justice: A draft of the bishops' conference's strategic priorities for 2017-2020 was approved, but some questioned whether those priorities are consistent with those of Francis.
From all the rich content of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” regarding theological and scriptural understandings of “Our Common Home,” one section has caught the attention of those living in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. In section 165, the pope turns to what needs to be done in light of climate change: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”
Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
NCR Today: Should we be encouraged or discouraged by the synod? Two recent articles in the National Catholic Reporter reflect dramatically different answers to this question.
Pope Francis is exploring a visit to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where a drug cartel battle during the past decade cost over 10,000 lives in a four-year period.