College presidents in statement back pope’s leadership on climate change

WASHINGTON (CNS) — About 100 U.S. Catholic college presidents have signed a document supporting Pope Francis for his leadership on climate change efforts and committing their institutions to doing all they can to foster “open, honest” dialogue on climate issues and help form “global ecological citizens.” Since the pope’s encyclical on climate, “Laudato Si’,” was…

Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided. The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity…

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…

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…

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…