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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? A: I think it’s terrific. Speaker Boehner is a Catholic and he said I’m going to invite him. And Francis, a pope of surprises, said I’m going to do it!

How Can Engineers Heed Pope Francis’ Challenge on Climate Change?
Engineering Deans of Catholic Colleges and Universities, U.S. News & World Report

In a time of great unrest, uncertainty and disagreement over the reality of climate change, the encyclical forces all peoples and institutions, particularly Catholic ones, to examine if they are doing enough to address one of the gravest issues of our time. The encyclical presents us with a challenge and an opportunity as we consider the role of engineering education in an interdependent world.

How Recycling Factors into the Vatican’s Climate Change Plan
Michele Nestor, Waste360

For starters, Francis stepped up to the mound and zipped a curve ball across the plate as the industrialized nations stood like Casey at the bat. His windup coupled the forces of industrialization, globalization and capitalism. With a little help from a holy rosin bag, he got poverty and climate change to cling tightly to those issues, just as if they were the laces sewn into the ball.

Moral dimension added to debate.
Michael E. Kraft, Philly.com

The pope was right to call for more ethical, sustainable development that can meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment. He was wrong, however, to fault reliance on economic incentives as a way to deal with climate change.

Rabbi joins climate march to thank pope
Robert Wiener, New Jersey Jewish News

Troster, rabbinic scholar-in-residence of the Highland Park-based environmental group GreenFaith, led a delegation of 100 young activists on a June 28 march from downtown Rome to Vatican City. They met up with thousands of others who had gathered below the papal balcony in Saint Peter’s Square to thank Pope Francis for his papal encyclical on climate change and poverty.

Islamic leaders to release climate change declaration
Megan Darby, Responding to Climate Change

Drafted by Islamic scholars, the statement will urge the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and advocate stronger action from governments.

Earth, our home
Rev. John Steppert, The Daily News

Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” that came out in June highlights the crisis posed by climate change. He places most of the blame on, “… fossil fuels and human activity, warning of unprecedented destruction of ecosystems with serious consequences for all if corrective actions are not taken.” He goes on to say that, “Climate change represents one of the principal challenges of our day.” The Pope has spoken convincingly to the world that there can be no separation between science, religion, and morality.

Republicans and climate change
Van P. Keene, Ravalli Republic

Climate change is not some pre-ordained, apocalyptic Bible prophecy; nor a “natural cycle.” It is a self-inflicted wound that’s capable of healing – but only if we find the moral fiber to act. It must be said: If Republicans remain denialists and obstructionists, the calamitous death and destruction that lie ahead will be shouldered by Republicans, answerable to God.

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Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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