(RNS) — Legislation can't force an unwilling public to make the dramatic adjustments needed to save the planet. Instead, we should heed the pope's call for a fundamental change of life, like that of the saint he is named after.
(RNS) — The Western church's powerful shaping of Christianity for the past four centuries is being challenged in ways that may hold the keys to its revitalization.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis urged governments to honor their Paris commitments and said institutions like the IMF and World Bank had important roles to play in encouraging reforms promoting sustainable development.
STANDING ROCK, North Dakota (RNS) The pontiff hasn't been asked directly about the oil pipeline controversy, but his writings show where his sympathies could lie.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is calling for urgent action to stop climate change, saying care of the environment should be added to the traditional seven works of mercy like feeding the hungry.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic leaders called for “a fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement” ahead of next month's U.N. climate change conference.
ROME (RNS) But security agencies protecting the pope on his upcoming U.S. trip know they can’t “put him in a bubble, and he doesn’t want to be in a bubble,” says Kenneth F. Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
VATICAN (RNS) The announcement of the annual prayer day is the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global agenda.
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.
(RNS) "Laudato Si'" may turn out to be politically influential. It is already theologically revolutionary.
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) 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.