VATICAN CITY (RNS) The anti-capitalism activist praised Pope Francis for standing up to Republicans who are warring against environmentalists, as the Vatican continues its battle against climate change with a high-level conference at the Holy See.
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ROME (RNS) Organizers estimated a crowd of 5,000 reached St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the pontiff’s tough stance on climate change, after parading through Rome under a canopy of painted banners.
(RNS) Overall there was plenty of applause for the encyclical — from among different faith groups, nonbelievers and, yes, scientists.
(RNS) But politics aren’t forgotten. Top Catholic leaders are briefing Congress and the White House on Pope Francis’ moral frame of reference for confronting climate change.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ landmark document on protecting the environment and battling climate change is finally out after months of anticipation — and anxiety — that in the history of encyclicals is probably rivaled only by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 letter banning artificial birth control. But will it have an effect? Here are four challenges Francis faces going forward.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) By stating the problem so clearly, and in a church document of such gravity, Francis immediately pushes global warming and the environment to the top of the church’s social agenda.
DERRY, N.H. (Reuters) In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail on Tuesday, Republican Jeb Bush, a Catholic, had sharp words on Pope Francis’ decision to leap into the climate change debate.
(RNS) Pope Francis states clearly that global warming is a fact and mankind has contributed to it. Above all, he stresses that everyone has a moral duty to work to mitigate the effects of climate change to avert a worldwide disaster.
(RNS) When Al Smith ran for president in 1928, his status as the first Catholic to head a major party ticket was challenged on the basis that he would have to follow papal encyclicals, not the U.S. Constitution. “What the hell is an encyclical?” Smith reportedly replied.
(RNS) Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto this week held its sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes — a type of local event that has become more common as a growing number of churches consider the idea that protecting the environment is not just a scientific or political debate, but a spiritual one.