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Can Mormons be more green?

Why is it that so many Mormons seem all too eager to ignore global warming science, to be more concerned with capitalism than conservationism? Guest blogger Mette Harrison offers 10 ways the LDS Church could better help the environment.

Pope Francis' new encyclical titled "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home", is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican on June 18, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi 
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Pope Francis’ environment encyclical: game-changer or dead letter?

(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.


The ‘Splainer: What is an encyclical?

(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.