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Francis stresses solidarity, justice, participation in address to EU environment ministers
Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

A “cultural, spiritual and educational challenge” awaits global negotiators set to act in coming months on issues of sustainability and the environment, Pope Francis said Wednesday, as he challenged them to act for the poor, ensure industrialized nations repay their “ecological debt,” and include all voices in the discussion. The brief comments came during a morning audience at the Vatican with environmental ministers of European Union member states. According to a translation from Vatican Radio, Francis thanked them for the opportunity to share his thoughts before what he described as “important international events in the coming months”:

The Pope to EU environment ministers: it is time to honour our ecological debt
Vatican Information Service

This morning, before the Wednesday general audience, the Pope received the environment ministers of the European Union who will soon face two important events: the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP 21 in Paris. Francis remarked that their mission is increasingly important since the environment is a “collective good, a patrimony for all humanity, and the responsibility of each one of us – a responsibility that can only be transversal and which requires effective collaboration within the entire international community”.

5 Ways Pope Francis Has Recently Caused Conservative Christians’ Heads to Explode
Janet Allon, AlterNet

Sure enough, the encyclical was taken as sacrilege among prominent Republican Catholics here at home, including Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum, who suggested the pope leave science to the scientists, which of course, is precisely what he did. Conservatives like Jeb Bush did not appreciate the swipe at his one true religion, capitalism. “I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope,” he told his supporters at the time.

The Pope: Not just for Catholics anymore
Jessica Ravitz, CNN

“Pope Francis calls on all people to care for God’s creation and recognizes that one of the greatest threats to the environment, and to human betterment, is war,” Manousos wrote in a blog post. “The Pope is clearly aware that conflicts over resources, caused by climate change and political systems dependent on war, will escalate unless steps are taken to live sustainably,” he wrote. “I would argue that we cannot solve our ecological crisis if we don’t dismantle the war system that pollutes and dominates the world.”

Religion, ethics and climate change go hand in hand
Jonathan Brockopp, Centre Daily

In June, Pope Francis urged all people to care for our common home. In his encyclical, “Laudato Si’, ” he wrote: “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications.” The Pope did not advocate solar or wind technology, rather, he called for a “radical change” in our relationship with the earth and all its creatures.

Pope Francis reminds us that embracing green energy is a faith endeavor, too
Sister Joan Lang and Rev. Bruce Butcher, Cleveland.com

We’d like to invite all people of faith in Northeast Ohio to join us in ecumenically working to care for our common home. This may mean reducing our energy usage together, switching our power providers toward renewable energy, and beginning to make our own electricity. We also make a special plea to the state’s politicians and to the new CEO of FirstEnergy, Chuck Jones: Heed Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home and lead our state into a cleaner, healthier and more just future.

Pope Francis is practicing what we preach
Courtney Burke, The Collegian

Pope Francis has led the Roman Catholic Church for about two and a half years now, and he has done things differently every step of the way, including before he was even elected. He is a man of firsts that is not afraid to point out the mistakes of the church in an effort to create a better, more accepting future.

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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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