Eco Catholic: Pope Francis will soon release his encyclical on the environment. We look at what he's said in the past for hints about what may come.
Thomas Reese, senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, discusses Pope Francis' work to date and his agenda for 2015 as part of Council on Foreign Relation's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Reese makes a 10-minute presentation then answers questions from the people on the conference call. The conference call took place March 31.
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.
Leaders of U.S. farm unions stressed the importance of family farming during meetings in Rome this week, including at an audience with the pope Wednesday.
The U.S. delegations included five state presidents of the National Farmers Union, in addition to representatives of Catholic Rural Life. The union presidents came from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Eco Catholic: "It's not just about signing a petition ... it's about changing my lifestyle a little bit and cutting back on my carbon footprint a little bit."
The future of humanity depends on safeguarding and sharing potable water around the world, Pope Francis said.
Eco Catholic: More than 40 countries plan to participate in the Lenten Fast for Climate Justice. Find out when your country's fasting day is.
Faith and Justice: There is no room in the church for passive observers; we are all called to be the body of Christ active in our world today.
During a meeting with families, the pope praised his predecessor Paul VI, who wrote Humane Vitae and "had the strength to defend openness to life."
Eco Catholic: The Global Catholic Climate Movement seeks to raise awareness, volume of church teachings on the environment.