Pope declares Sept. 1 a ‘World Day of Prayer’ for the environment
Rosie Scammell, Crux
The Vatican on Monday announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global agenda.
For Frederick D’Souza, executive director of Caritas India, spoke to AsiaNews about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical two months after its publication.
Reading the news around the Catholic world you would think that prelates and priests and lay faithful alike are going absolutely loony about climate change. Since Laudato si’ it seems as if those who read selectively have been rushing lemming-like to the ever warming sea. Running screaming waving their front legs… which lemmings can’t really do and still run. But I digress.
Diocesan social action directors take time to focus on ‘Laudato Si’’
Ed Langlois, National Catholic Reporter
“To be at odds with creation is to be at odds with God,” Dominican Sr. Kathleen McManus, associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland, said in a presentation to the institute’s 275 participants. “And it’s to be at odds with our neighbor and with our deepest selves.” Sponsored by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, the institute convened at the University of Portland July 19-23, focusing on the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
The political implications of ‘Laudato Si”
Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter
Praise has been lavished internationally on Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change (Laudato Si’), both among Catholics and across interfaith lines. However, strong conservatives and climate change deniers (they should actually be called “science deniers”) have criticized either its content or the fact that the pope ventured into this realm in such a big way — as if preserving the natural world were not a moral concern.
How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in One of the Most Polluted Neighborhoods
Jasmine Aguilera, Alternet
After the June 18 release of “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and humanity’s responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change’s effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith.
Evangelicals should support pope on climate change
George Motsay, The Morning Call
A summit meeting on climate change will be held in Paris this December. Meanwhile, the Vatican has been conducting high-level workshops on the moral dimensions of climate change that resulted in Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” believed to be aimed at influencing the outcome in Paris. The encyclical is a ringing call to action based on a cautious interpretation of climate science.
Leading the charge in the climate change fight
Jim Redden, Portland Tribune
At the same time, Hales says he and his staff were surprised by the two invitations. The first was to attend a conference related to the July 21 release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The second was to attend President Obama’s Aug. 3 release of new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy plants.
The President’s Clean Power Plan Offers Great Opportunity to NYC
Jose E. Serrano, Gotham Gazette
In September, Pope Francis will bring his message of compassion, care, and justice to New York City. This historic and momentous occasion comes after His Holiness released an Encyclical earlier this year on climate change and ecology. In “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis highlights the moral obligation we all have to confront climate disruption and to protect the most vulnerable communities among us threatened by climate change. Last week, our nation took a significant step towards meeting that goal.
Staring Over the Brink: Obama, Brown, and High Stakes Climate Politics
Jim Miller, San Diego Free Press
So, as with our own Governor of California who ominously warns that “we are talking about extinction” during a Vatican event on climate change, but refuses to take on big oil here at home, there remains a chasm between creed and deed.