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10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment
(Washington Post 6/18/2015)
History is Made as Pope Francis’ Encyclical is Presented in the Vatican
From National Catholic Reporter
Eco-Catholic: ‘We see this as an essential part of the solution, if we look for the common good.”
Eco-Catholic: “I think one of the best parts of this encyclical is the call for ongoing dialogue, conversation of everybody to solve some of these problems.”
Encyclical: NCR will be tracking reception worldwide of “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Check this post throughout the day.
NCR Today: Francis makes four claims that set him apart from the debate about climate change.
Peaceful. That is the only word that fully describes how I feel after reading “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” the encyclical on the environment release by Pope Francis this morning.For the past six years, I have worked within the Catholic church to address the pressing issue of human-forced climate change. During that time, I have experienced some hopeful glimpses of how the church might animate effective responses to this challenge.
Catholics in the United States are “excited” and “pleased” with the “hopeful” document, though some doubt much will change.
Laudato Si’ embraces what Francis calls a “very solid scientific consensus” that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
If anything about the account presented in Laudato Si’ is off, it is that Francis takes an “overly conservative” approach, a meteorologist says.
Distinctly Catholic: On one of the most important issues of the day, our Holy Father has blessed the Church with a document that is accessible to virtually anyone.