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Pope Francis Encyclical

The Pope 'Minds His Own Business'

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

According to Christian theology and Judeo-Christian traditions, there is nothing that is more the pope's business (and, indeed, the business of all Christians) than the stewardship of God's creation and our theological and spiritual reflection and proclamation regarding God's creation.

Why Social Conditions Matter to the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In his statements and actions, Pope Francis reveals a commitment to emulate the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is particularly clear in the Pope's focus not only on the condition of humanity's inner selves, but even more so on the conditions in which so much of humanity lives.

On the Law of the Jungle

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Yara Zgheib

We cannot separate our dignity from that of other creatures. It is just as intrinsically linked to that of the starving poachers of Zimbabwe as it is to that of the animals they are poaching. If we really do have intrinsic individual worth, its value ought to be greater than any mantelpiece trophy.

A Hindu Reflection on Pope's Climate Change Encyclical

Sunita Viswanath | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Sunita Viswanath

At the beginning of the great Hindu epic, The Ramayana, the sage Valmiki takes an early morning walk with a student in a beautiful forest, by a river. Valmiki is ecstatic about the beauty and peace of the place, and praises the pure water for being like a good man's heart.

Pope Francis' Call for Climate Action

Gina McCarthy | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Gina McCarthy

As public servants working in both domestic policy and diplomacy, we understand the urgent need for global action. Climate impacts like extreme droughts, floods, fires, heat waves and storms threaten people in every country -- and those who have the least suffer the most.

The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 2)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The pope provides a moving and profound view on the deep connection between environmental and social issues, between humans and animals, and between spiritual and practical. He also hits head-on the contentious issue of man's "dominion" over nature: Many have interpreted the Bible to indicate that man should conquer nature, but the pope explains how wrong that reading is.

The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 1)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

Leading up to the release, much of the news coverage talked about an upcoming "climate declaration." Yes, this is a core part of the discussion, but the Pope is clearly concerned with environmental conditions overall.

The Pope Calls for New Global Institution to Protect the Commons, Tackle Climate and Poverty

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Mike Sandler

Pope Francis's recently released Encyclical "Laudato Si" makes a strong moral case for climate action. It is a powerfully-written, wide-ranging document, and is already influencing decision makers and observers preparing for the U.N. climate conference taking place in December.

America's Zero Emissions Imperative

Tom Weis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

To be clear, we are not suggesting ending the use of fossil fuels tomorrow. Decarbonizing our industries, homes, transportation, power generation and food production will take time. But we must make this transition as quickly as humanly possible.

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Let everyone not wrapped in tired and disproven doctrines about sex rid themselves of anti-scientific dogmas and be free. The law of grace, not of fear, can now blow freely.

Thousands March In Rome To Support For Pope's Call For Climate Action

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Religious leaders from across the globe led a “Many Faiths — One Planet” march to the Vatican on Sunday (June 28), to show their supp...

Can Free Trade Agreements Be Consistent With Climate Change Mitigation?

Bob Brecha | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Bob Brecha

Protecting society against the worst impacts of climate change necessarily means making difficult decisions for the future.

The Pope is Right on Climate, Wrong on Offsetting

Forest Trends | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Offsetting isn't a complete and total "fix" to the climate mess, and it isn't intended to be. Poorly implemented, it may even become the ploy the pope worries about. But done right, it's an incredibly effective tool in a very large toolbox, yet it will only deliver on a large scale if it's embedded in a functional, well-regulated, and global climate-change response.

Refugee World

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many of our post-apocalyptic stories -- Mad Max, The Road, World War Z -- feature desperate people on the move in a friendless and resource-poor environment. That's "reality" at the Cineplex. Unfortunately, it looks a lot like the reality of a refugee.

Dear Pope: To Tackle Climate and Poverty, Take a Hard Look at Black Carbon

Jonathan Mingle | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Jonathan Mingle

Black carbon is thus a glowing paradox: it's a tracer that helps us read the hidden connections between climate and poverty, and between everyone on this planet who cooks and breathes.

Jeb! 50 Shades of Religious Conviction

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.

How to Care About Climate Change When You're Not the Pope

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

The religious community is abuzz with commentary on the Pope's recently released encyclical on climate change and the moral imperative to address its consequences, borne disproportionately on the backs of the global poor.

Indigenous and Environmental Wisdom in John Lundin's Journey to the Heart of the World

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
K.J. Wetherholt

Journey to the Heart of the World is a parable-like novel, reminiscent of the work of Paulo Coelho, with an environmental and humanitarian message deeply rooted in the wisdom of the indigenous tribes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia.

Is There an Inner Revolution Taking Place on This Planet? You Bet!

Beth Green | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

I have never been happier in my life, and I want to tell you why, because it's about you.

Catholic Republicans Are More Likely To Believe In Global Warming, Surveys Find

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Catholic Republicans are more likely to believe in global warming than their fellow party members of other religions, according to research released F...

Offsets Are a Tool, Not an Indulgence

Forest Trends | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Overhauling our energy, communications, building, transportation, and communications infrastructure doesn't happen overnight. It is certainly not cheap. Offsets enable immediate action in the midst of this long-term transition.

Can the Climate Pope Save the Planet?

Johan Rockström | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Johan Rockström

STOCKHOLM -- In 2009, my colleagues and I identified nine planetary boundaries relating to areas like climate, biodiversity, nitrogen and phosphorus use and deforestation that, if respected, would enable us to preserve -- or, at least avoid disrupting further -- Holocene conditions. When we updated our analysis earlier this year, we concluded that we have already violated four of the nine boundaries.

Moral and Business

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

The interesting fact that this pope is using his stature and visibility to raise topics such as individual and collective responsibility for our life on the planet is something worth paying attention to.

Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called "Praised Be." It is the Pope's clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent global environmental crisis. Sweeping in scope, it addresses the many dimensions of environmental degradation and the devastating toll it is taking on people, communities, and nations.

The Climate Crisis is Especially Detrimental to the Poor

Rudy López | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

Pope Francis has little concern for political parties. His encyclical is a call to action for people of all faiths to stand up and save our planet from the neglect and abuse we have laid upon it.