What’s the dirt on ‘Laudato Si’ ’?

Local Catholics reflect on themes, messages in Pope Francis’ letter By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Now that the initial environmentally-safe dust has settled following the June 18 release of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” people around the globe have begun to weigh in on its contents. In his letter, Pope Francis asks for new dialogue…

Cardinal Turkson: Humanity a “poor steward” of environment

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson on Saturday spoke about how Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ affects the world of agriculture. The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was opening a three-day symposium at the Milan Expo on “Faith, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment: A New Idea of Development to Beat Hunger…

Defining moment: Glossary of terminology used in Laudato Si’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colorful terms to get his points across, for example, using “bat Christians” to describe those who hide their faith. While the new phrases he uses in his ecology encyclical are not as punchy, they succinctly help illustrate his points that care for…

Sartell family tackles urban challenges of caring for creation

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Matt and Carolyn Bertsch, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, moved to Sartell in 2001. Shortly after, they planted a small orchard. They researched which fruit trees would do well in their climate zone, which ones could act as possible pollinators and then started planting. They now have pears, apples,…

Bishop Donald Kettler — Faith, Hope and Love

Making a commitment to be  better stewards of God’s creation We are blessed here in Minnesota with bountiful natural resources — lakes, rivers, forests and farmland that God has given to us and asks us to take care of. In his new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis reminds us that we are to be good…

Faith, family and farming

    Four generations of farmers nurture the earth, their faith and each other By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Along the winding back roads of rural Kimball along one of the southernmost borders of the Diocese of St. Cloud, the picturesque green pastures appear almost untouched except by the animals grazing there. On top of…

Papal pull-out quotes from encyclical letter, Laudato Si’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The following are selected quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on the Care of Our Common Home”: —The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. (n. 21) — Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God…