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Post Tagged 'Francis'

The Pope’s Limited Influence on Foreign Affairs

Pope Francis has made support for migrants and refugees a priority of his pontificate, and has encouraged nations to adopt an open-door immigration policy. But few countries, especially in Europe, appear interested in adopting his approach, underscoring just how limited an influence the pope has on foreign policy. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.13.15

US Ambassador to the Holy See Talks about Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States Gerard O’Connell, Vatican Insider Q: Francis is the first pope ever to address Congress. How do you read this? Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.11.15

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. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.10.15

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew receives interfaith environmental honor Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew said he was “pleased to learn of the very recent Clean Power Plan of President Obama, which is a significant step in the right direction for the United States of America and which is already approved by the U. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.06.15

Senate Dems call for vote on pope’s climate statement Devin Henry, The Hill The lawmakers, led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), introduced a resolution on Wednesday stating that the Senate agrees with the pope’s June encyclical declaring climate change a man-made problem and calling on world leaders to take steps to fix it. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 08.04.15

US Democratic leader Pelosi calls papal encyclical an asset in climate change Fox Business Pelosi said Pope Francis’ encyclical “really made an important impression on the world” and noted that citizens “who might reject a policy initiative spoken by a government official in the United States, really cannot ignore his holiness Pope Francis on the subject.” Pelosi made the comments Monday during a visit to the Milan Expo 2015 world’s fair focusing on food security issues, and as President Obama prepared to unveil later in the day new regulations demanding steep greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. Continue Reading...

Pope Economically Confused in Bolivia

Today at the Library of Law & Liberty, I examine Pope Francis’s recent speech in Bolivia, in which he calls for “an economy where human beings, in harmony with nature, structure the entire system of production and distribution in such a way that the abilities and needs of each individual find suitable expression in social life.” I have no objection to that, but what he seems to miss is that the very policies he criticizes all characterize those countries in the world that most closely resemble his goal. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.24.15

The problem with Pope Francis’ encyclical is that nature is nasty: Spengler David P. Goldman, Spengler The trouble with natural theology (the notion that nature itself points us to an understanding of the divine) is that nature herself is a nasty piece of work. Continue Reading...

Pope Francis Encyclical Leak Fuels Speculations

A draft of Laudato Sii is circulating and causing an uproar. This document seems to align with climate scientists, arguing that “the bulk of global warming is caused by human activity.” However, this draft may not be the final encyclical, Rev. Continue Reading...