A new poll on climate change
National Center for Science Education
A new poll on public attitudes toward Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change included questions on the occurrence of climate change itself. Asked “Do you think that global warming is happening, or do you think global warming is not happening?” 69% of respondents said yes, 16% said no, 15% said that they were not sure, and 1% skipped or refused to answer the question.
Faith Digest, Aug. 22, 2015: Forum to focus on Pope’s Encyclical
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The free event, hosted by the Progressive Christian Forum of Santa Cruz in association with Resurrection Church, is slated for the week after Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress, will give the larger Santa Cruz community an opportunity to reflect on the message of the pope’s recent Encyclical about environmental issues as well as his visit to the United States.
Tennessee Catholic high school teachers eager to dive into the papal encyclical
Theresa Laurence, Crux
Father Ryan High School theology teacher Brent Fernandez grows a garden at home, raises chickens, and rides his bicycle to school when he can…. On the June morning when Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Fernandez “was like a teenager on the day their favorite band drops a new album.” He pored over it, immediately connecting with so much of what Pope Francis wrote about, formulating how he would incorporate the encyclical into his junior-level Catholic social teaching class at Father Ryan.
Muslims taking action against climate change
Pelin Cengiz, Today’s Zaman
The declaration has been approved by more than 60 participants and organizations from 20 countries, while those who signed it from Turkey included only Ali Kurt, representing the Union of Muslim World NGOs and Professor İbrahim Özdemir, an academic at İpek University. It is also rather interesting that the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs did not attend the meeting, even though it had been invited and the meeting took place in Turkey.
Students At East Harlem Catholic School Getting Pumped To Meet Pope Francis
Bill Blare, Junior College
While a growing mountain of media coverage speculates on the political and cultural implications of the Pope’s message, what may be the most profound is the psychological, even mythological potential for this moment in history to lead to a new grand narrative for sustainability throughout the world.
Card. Tagle to Indonesian bishops: Laudato sì is for non –Catholics too
Mathias Hariyadi, AsiaNews
Laudato sì is “the moral conscience of the Catholic Church on how to behave toward Earth, a living environment for humans, a gift of God who creates life for all people”, said Card. Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas Internationalis, in a speech in Jakarta to members of the Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI).