Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ v. the Green New Deal
(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.
Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage
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 activists see Pope Francis as spiritual ally
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.
Pope Francis says care of environment a new ‘work of mercy’
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.
Catholic leaders unveil 10-point climate action list ahead of UN summit
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.
Ambassador: Pope Francis’ spontaneity makes security a challenge
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.
Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment
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 enlists ‘secular Jewish feminist’ Naomi Klein in environmental fight
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.
Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical is even more radical than it appears (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) “Laudato Si'” may turn out to be politically influential. It is already theologically revolutionary.
Jeb Bush: Pope Francis should steer clear of climate issue
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.
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.
‘Blessing of the bikes’ helps churches make climate change a local issue
(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.