Faith and Justice: Conservationists hope that the encyclical's attitude toward animals, especially wildlife, will reflect the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Grace on the Margins: The encyclical will give prominence to the "moral dimensions of environmental degradation" beyond the usual focus on science, technology and economics.
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.
By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.
Making a Difference: "War never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind."
Making a Difference: Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II challenged all of us to advance the kingdom of God, a kingdom of love, justice and peace.
An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said despite widespread news reports, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on poverty.