The Vatican recently released a formal statement from Pope Francis to the world’s Catholic Bishops, known as an encyclical. In the 184-page document titled Laudato Si (“Praise Be to You”), the Pope addresses topics not previously discussed in such a framework, most notably climate change.
The New York Times discusses Pope Francis’ plea for swift and unified global action towards change in energy and economic policy. While he calls for people and politicians to work together for change, he also casts a wider net “to address every person living on this planet.”
This revolutionary approach of inclusion not only of non-Catholics, but also of the science community, has brought criticism from some, but Pope Francis explains that concern for the earth is in line with Catholic theology.
Vincent Miller, of the University of Dayton, a Catholic college in Ohio, explains, “The basic idea is, in order to love God, you have to love your fellow human beings, and you have to love and care for the rest of creation. It gives (Pope) Francis a very traditional basis to argue for the inclusion of environmental concern at the center of Christian faith.”
Above all, this encyclical is a call to action. Pope Francis praised young people for being ready for change. He says, “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”
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What does the Pope’s encyclical mean for Moms for Mother Earth? This call to action isn’t just for Catholics, Pope Francis’ message is intended for everyone. Whether you reach out to your politicians and representatives, organize and rally in your local communities, or commit to practices such as cleaning the air by driving less, you can contribute to the Pope’s plea for all citizens to work together as we address Climate Change. Read the entire article from The New York Times to get more details about what information was included in the encyclical.
Pope Francis Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/Catholic News Agency.