The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.
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.
Pope Francis has released a profound and inspiring encyclical on the moral obligation to confront climate change. It urges us to heed nature's warnings. And it calls on us to tackle the climate threat in the name of justice, human dignity and service to the poor and most vulnerable.
Contemporary Pagan religious practice commonly fosters a sense of spiritual connection with the Earth. Pagans actively try to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the non-human natural world.
It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.
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.
This truly is a watershed moment in the fight to build a clean energy future for our children and tackle climate change once and for all. In urgent and inspirational language, Pope Francis powerfully implores our leaders to take action on climate change, protect the most vulnerable and secure our children's future.
By taking a strong stance on climate change, Pope Francis shows not only his concern for all of creation, but his particular concern for the poor. Investing in soil health especially in dry parts of the world will help to meet the food and water needs of millions.
ntil now, the dialogue about the environment has been framed mainly using political, scientific and economic language. Now, the language of faith enters the discussion -- clearly, decisively and systematically.
Despite 21 years of disappointments and near misses, I see reason for great optimism that the world's 193-nations might just agree to meaningful, measurable reductions of carbon pollution.
The causes of our environmental crisis are more complex than any single religion. We can neither vilify Christianity, nor idealize ancient pagan religions.
ROME -- When Pope Francis travels to Paraguay in July, it is most possible he will recall the way women took charge of this country's future in 1870 after the war. He has mentioned this historical moment before to point out the great risks women are ready to take. Whether he will risk going any further remains to be seen.
Pope Frances has successfully gotten my Protestant attention. He may not heal the rift we made together during the Protestant Reformation of yore but it surely looks small from the perspective of today.
Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.
Crowds are a huge, huge thing at many major sights, including here at Rome's Vatican Museums. Emerging economies in large parts of our world are creating big middle-class populations with enough money to finally see the Europe of their dreams.
My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.