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Pope Francis is thirsty
Rev. Joel C. Hunger and Susan Barnett, The Hill

Throughout Laudato Si, water runs deep. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a research and policy group dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing water problems, took a comprehensive look at the encyclical and the threat of what the pope calls “water poverty”:

A pope for all seasons
Washington Post

This is the riddle of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope and a man who has brought a dose of magical realism to the job of being pontiff. And as he prepares to stage his first official visit to the United States 2½ years into his revolutionary papacy, perhaps only one thing about the Argentine-born Francis is crystal clear: He is upending convention in one of the world’s oldest institutions.

Pope’s actions build a better church
Peter Donohue, St. Cloud Times

He also enlisted the assistance of an expert on global warming and a Jewish feminist when launching the encyclical. Aware of critics to the content of his work, the pope’s encyclical referenced previous popes, bishops, Greek Orthodox theologians, “and the findings of the 97 percent of scientists who have concluded that climate change is created largely by human activity.”


Not Doomed Yet: A New Newsletter About Climate Change
Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato si’, positioned the world’s largest Christian church behind climate-change mitigation.

Blessed Tomorrow organizing climate challenge around papal visit
Disciples News Service

Pope Francis has done much to bring the issues of climate change to the fore in the media, particularly with his encyclical on the subject. Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of faith communities and leaders concerned with climate change, is putting together several events in the coming weeks around the pope’s visit to the U.S. Congress. Green Chalice of Disciples Home Missions is part of the coalition.

Pope’s visit ‘the largest security challenge’ city has ever faced
David Giambusso, Capital New York

The Pope’s landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’, has presented the challenge of climate change as societal as much as scientific, saying the poor will be the most vulnerable to drought, flooding and food scarcity that’s expected as a result of global warming.

USC scholars assess Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment
Susan Bell, USC News

“The pope raises this in terms of his global consumer society and our dependence on technology and fossil fuels. The pope’s words are, ‘We have succumbed to a technological paradigm.’ He argues for productive diversity. That is an economy that is not just controlled by large corporations but that has diversity in terms of production and consumption of resources. This is not a discontinuation of the global economy but understanding that there is not an infinite supply of resources, and we need to consider that in our discussions.”

Can Wall Street Sell the Pope on Capitalism?
Michael J. Moore, Bloomberg

Despite Pope Francis’s critique of an inequitable economy and the primacy of profit, finance executives are embracing his arrival in New York next week. Some are seeing the best qualities of their own leaders in the spiritual head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics — and even holding out hope they may change his mind just a little.

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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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