ROME (RNS) Inspired by Pope Francis' 2015 "Laudato Si'" encyclical, clergy from Catholic, Protestant Jewish, Buddhist and other faiths joined indigenous leaders from Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to call for urgent action to protect the forests.
(RNS) He was raised a Roman Catholic, worked alongside Jesuits in Honduras and loves Pope Francis. But Tim Kaine separates the personal from the political when it comes to religious doctrine.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the end, the Democratic candidate got something almost as good as a pope picture: blanket news coverage and a chance to deliver his stump speech wrapped in the words of the popular pontiff.
(RNS) “This has gone beyond ridiculous,” one priest fumed about an illuminated projection of images of the natural world that drew thousands of awed spectators to the Vatican. He wasn’t alone in his criticism, not by a long shot.
NEW YORK (RNS) He told world leaders that economic and social exclusion denies human fraternity, offends human rights and the environment with a “culture of waste.”
(RNS) The Vatican hosts two conferences on human trafficking and climate change this week, inviting many U.S. mayors to the event. What do human trafficking and climate change have to do with each other and with religion? Let us 'Splain . . . .
(RNS) "Laudato Si'" may turn out to be politically influential. It is already theologically revolutionary.
(RNS) Overall there was plenty of applause for the encyclical -- from among different faith groups, nonbelievers and, yes, scientists.
(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.
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