Pope Francis seeks new dialogue on ‘shaping the future of our planet’

The Visitor In his new encyclical “Laudato Si’” (“Praise be to you”), Pope Francis appeals for a dialogue “about how we are shaping the future of our planet” at a time when the world is facing a number of environmental challenges with human roots. Among the challenges he identifies is climate change and the negative…

Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his…

U.S. Catholics weigh in on global warming, Pope Francis in Pew survey

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new Pew Research Center survey conducted prior to the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical focusing on the environment, U.S. Catholics were asked their views both on global warming and the pope himself. Out of the overall U.S. population, 68 percent said they believe the earth is warming, with 71 percent…

Franciscan: Encyclical title affirms all creatures have common creator

ROME (CNS) — “Laudato Si’,” the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St. Francis of Assisi that emphasizes being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan order. Sitting under towering trees, surrounded by…

Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope’s visit, top priorities

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. church’s ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse. On the first day of their meeting June 10,…

Antillean bishops offer action steps to address climate change

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (CNS) — Bishops from across the Caribbean region invited people to read and study Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment so that they “become better stewards of creation.” Writing a “Declaration on Climate Change,” the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference urged people to consider the spiritual and…

Pope’s encyclical to have medieval Italian, not Latin, title

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will not be released with a formal Latin title, but rather a medieval Italian one. In its first official comment on the title, the Vatican press office said June 10 that the document will be called, “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home.”…

Hope rises that papal encyclical will address vitality of water sources

IQUITOS, Peru (CNS) — As floodwaters rose with heavy rains in this Amazonian city, Graciela Tejada and her neighbors found greasy slaughterhouse offal, human feces and used hypodermic needles floating practically to their doorsteps. As a huge culvert discharged sewage into the flooded streets, Tejada, 50, and her family retreated indoors, while passers-by held their…

Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message — one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say. “The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the…

Greenbacks and the green economy: Ecology is good business

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, said the CEO of the multinational Unilever. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s and Suave, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that “the cost…