Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — A Vatican official told a U.N. gathering on climate change that Pope Francis’ new encyclical is calling on all societies to examine how they produce and consume goods and on all the world’s people to realize the role they, too, have in addressing global warming. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the…

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…

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…

7 encyclicals that shook the church

July 19, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), released July 5, is the latest installment in a centuries’ old papal tradition. An encyclical is considered the most authoritative form of papal writing, and though many examples are now remembered only by scholars,…