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Meet the monks who decided to go green years before Laudato Si

Sep 2, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Years before Pope Francis’ recent ecology encyclical was published, a Trappist monastery in Virginia went back to its spiritual roots... Read more

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In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Aug 10, 2015

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer... Read more

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How Laudato Si is being put into practice in India

Jul 25, 2015

The diocese of Miao, India sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its... Read more

Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si

Jun 23, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

The vision behind Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering... Read more

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Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s... Read more

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US bishops on 'Laudato Si' – it's about conversion

Jun 18, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer... Read more

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Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and... Read more

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Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Jun 18, 2015

In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements... Read more

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Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with 'open heart'

Jun 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 19, 2014.

Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

Jun 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate... Read more

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Stewardship for God's creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis' new encyclical

Jun 12, 2015

Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology will draw from decades of Catholic social thought on God’s creation in light of... Read more

Days before encyclical's release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Jun 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered... Read more

Here's what the US bishops expect from the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 10, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

With Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and the environment to be released next week, the U.S. bishops are reflecting on... Read more

Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no

May 20, 2015

By Elise Harris

In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather... Read more

Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment

Apr 22, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that... Read more

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Awaiting an ecology encyclical, everyone wants Pope Francis' support

Feb 6, 2015

In view of the much anticipated encyclical on ecology, countries, agencies, and even industries are seeking papal support in advance... Read more

Natural Family Planning praised for respecting women, nature

Jul 31, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Catholic teaching on sexuality and fertility is being hailed as a moral alternative to hormonal birth control that embraces nature... Read more

Man and nature.

Pope Francis' writings on ecology could become encyclical

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

A statement released by the Vatican last Friday revealed that Pope Francis has begun to work on a text surrounding... Read more

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Indian diocese goes 'green' at intercultural festival

Nov 5, 2013

The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings... Read more