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Pope Francis calls for climate change action

Environment | The much-anticipated encyclical says environmental degradation violates the principle of biblical stewardship
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/18/15, 02:50 pm

The Vatican on Thursday released a highly anticipated document widely viewed as signaling the Roman Catholic Church’s position on climate change and environmental issues.

In the document—a form of papal teaching known as an “encyclical”—Pope Francis appealed to biblical ideas of stewardship to denounce pollution, lament loss of biodiversity, and call for action to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Forecasting Pope Francis on climate change

Environment | The pontiff’s not-yet-released encyclical on the environment has already stirred debate among Catholics. Here’s what it might say.
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/15/15, 07:20 am

Two of the honored guests inside the walled gardens of the Vatican in Rome this April weren’t the typical people you’d expect to see feted at the global seat of Roman Catholicism.

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has promoted abortion around the world. Jeffrey Sachs, a UN advisor, is a major advocate of population control.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches abortion is a sin and that artificial contraception disrupts God’s design for marital sexuality.

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Vatican prepares to make climate change policy plan

by Kirkland An
Posted 5/30/15, 11:30 am

The Vatican will meet next week to form Pope Francis’ campaign to persuade world leaders to take action against climate change.

Francis’ expected encyclical, a letter sent from the pope to all the bishops in the Roman Catholic Church, will be the Vatican’s first official, detailed word about climate change and what Church members should do about it.

Last month, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences issued a statement about their stance on climate change. 

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