Thousands march in Rome to show support for Pope Francis’ call for climate action

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A group of marchers with a banner saying, "Thank you Pope Francis."

Thousands march in Rome to show support for Pope Francis' call for climate action in June 2015. Religion News Service photo by Rosie Scammell

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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.

  • Greg1

    I think Pope Francis has awakened today to a very new and very real Climate Change, which probably has him sitting up straight in his chair. First Ireland, now the USA has given God Almighty the proverbial finger. My suspicion is if he has been cautious with the Ireland announcement, he will be exhibiting a very different tone going forward. I anxiously await his response.

  • Spiritual Ronin

    The encyclical is, as usual with Pope Francis’ pronouncements, too much and not enough. I have scanned quite closely its text looking for the discussion of the relationship between humans and animals. The encyclical denounces in strong terms the “tyranny over creation” (paragraph 200) and in several places either corrects the extreme interpretation of Genesis 1:28 or speaks about injustices against animals (for example, paragraphs 92 and 139).

    I was hoping for a mention of the obscene evil of industrial farming (which cannot be ignored by the self-proclaimed “religion of love” as it is not ignored by Buddhism, the religion of compassion) and of some encouragement of vegetarianism/veganism but I couldn’t find any. The pope talks about air conditioning but not about billions of animals born solely in order to die. However, this glaring omission is not completely unexpected. The Catholics will still pray to the Lamb of God at the Mass and then go home to happily eat a leg of lamb…

  • CarrotCakeMan

    “First Ireland, now the USA has given God Almighty the proverbial finger.”

    Well, there’s the view of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. The major Christian, Jewish and other denominations that are marrying same gender couples now were denied their right to practice their religion freely until the US Supreme Court ruling of June 26, 2015:

    Affirming Pentecostal Church International
    Alliance of Christian Churches
    Anointed Affirming Independent Ministries
    The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    Community of Christ
    Conservative Judaism
    Ecumenical Catholic Church
    Ecumenical Catholic Communion
    The Episcopal Church
    Evangelical Anglican Church In America
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals
    Inclusive Orthodox Church
    Moravian Church Northern Province
    Metropolitan Community Church
    Old Catholic Church
    Presbyterian Church USA
    Progressive Christian…

  • CarrotCakeMan

    And:

    Reconciling Pentecostals International
    Reconstructionist Judaism
    Reform Judaism
    Reformed Anglican Catholic Church
    Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
    Unitarian Universalist Church
    United Church of Christ
    Unity Church

    These denominations all agree with modern Biblical scholars, who have proven the Bible was intentionally mistranslated relatively recently to provide “Biblical cover” for rising levels of homophobia.

  • Jay

    “The Catholics will still pray to the Lamb of God at the Mass and then go home to happily eat a leg of lamb…”

    You do know that we eat the Lamb of God at Mass as well, right?

    Also, since Jesus ate animals during His time on Earth, it’d be a bit much for Pope Francis to say that it is sinful all of a sudden, don’t you think?

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