Pope Francis to Urge Unity During D.C. Visit
Emily Wilkins, Roll Call
Pope Francis will acknowledge the importance of Hispanics by celebrating Mass in his native language of Spanish during his visit later this month to Washington, D.C. But he’ll be speaking English during his much-anticipated address to Congress.
US Catholics are OK with non-traditional families: By the numbers
Marie Morelli, Syracuse.com
Ninety percent U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married father and mother is the ideal environment in which to raise children, according to the Pew Research Center’s Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life. However, there is broad acceptance of families headed by unmarried parents, gay or lesbian couples, single parents and divorced parents.
Christians and Moslems discuss environment at Finsbury Park Mosque
Independent Catholic News
Mohammed Kozbar, director of the Mosque which has won awards for its contribution to the community, hosted the occasion. He particularly endorsed campaigner Bruce Kent’s view that conflict and the arms trade are major obstacles to addressing climate change, and welcomed the film ‘Conflict and Climate Change’ as an important contribution to the discussion. Names and contact details were enthusiastically exchanged with promises for future discussion. Just the sort of dialogue Pope Francis is calling for.
D&P fall campaign tackles the spiritual and political sides of climate change
Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
The campaign will be both spiritual and political, demanding the Canadian government commit itself to more ambitious carbon emission targets and encouraging Canada’s Catholics to examine in prayer how their own lifestyles and levels of consumption contribute to environmental decay, said Josiane Gauthier, Development and Peace’s director of in-Canada programs. “Obviously, with the launch of the new encyclical by the Pope on ecological justice, it gives quite a bit of motor and strength to the idea that being Catholic is also about protecting the environment and nature and life in general,” Gauthier said.
A Reading Retreat for the Pope’s Encyclical On Care of Our Common Home will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. It will be a gathering to discuss the 72 page pdf document, ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s dialogue regarding man-made climate change and related issues.
British Catholic church leaders endorse CAFOD and SCIAF’s encyclical guide
Independent Catholic News
The heads of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland – Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia – are encouraging the Catholic community to embrace the opportunity to reflect, act and pray, following the release of the Pope’s landmark encyclical, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.