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Bill McKibben: Pope’s encyclical gives everyone ‘marching orders’ on climate


Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben almost didn’t make it to Ireland last week for a climate justice conference in Maynooth.

Flooding at a New York airport nearly derailed his trip, he explained June 23 at the “Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice: From Evidence to Action” international climate conference co-hosted by Trócaire (the Irish bishops’ development agency), Maynooth University and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.

Thousands march in Rome to show support for Pope Francis' eco-encyclical

Religious leaders from across the globe led a “Many Faiths -- One Planet” march to the Vatican on Sunday to show their support of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking environmental encyclical.

Organizers estimated a crowd of 5,000 people reached St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the pontiff’s tough stance on climate change, after parading through Rome under a canopy of painted banners. The march was endorsed by the United Nations and a number of Catholic organizations, including Catholic Action and the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Secular society and religious communities find common ground in 'Laudato Si''


More than a week out, we can look back and see the ripples caused by the drop of Pope Francis' timely encyclical letter on care for our common home. The bishop of Rome has made just enough waves to leave the world asking: Could this be the thing that brings people of faith and nonreligious together?

Integral ecology themes in 'Laudato Si'' resonate with 'green' sisters


At the conclusion of, in his own words, “this lengthy reflection,” Pope Francis proposes in the final pages of “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home” two prayers for the earth community. Both have taken a powerful hold on Notre Dame School Sr. Kathleen Storms’ heart.

“Wouldn’t it be interesting, if we used these prayers as a Creed?” she said.

A dip into those last pages of the 184-page environmental encyclical reveals the deep allure and poignancy of Francis’ words in “A prayer for our earth”:


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