A leaked version of Laudato Si' also shows a reorientation of the church's understanding of the human person.
Eco Catholic: An Italian-language version of Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues was posted four days early Monday.
Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues will state that global climate change is "mainly" due to human activity, a person familiar with the document has said.
The encyclical, to be released Thursday, will reportedly say that while there are both natural and human causes to climate change "great natural forces are not under our control; human causes are."
Eco Catholic: Fr. Michael Perry says the interconnectedness of all creatures should help people to recognize that when they hoard resources, they are harming their brothers and sisters
The U.S. community organizers and union leaders hope to sway Pope Francis into addressing a number of lingering national social justice issues.
Pope Francis has poignantly said that Christians have no right to refuse help to those who need it, saying that to partake in the commemoration of Christ's death is to see him in the poor and suffering and to welcome them and offer help.
Speaking during his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter's Square Sunday, the pope reflected on the meaning of the Catholic feast day celebrated this week, that of Corpus Christi or The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The Eucharist is the seal of God's covenant, uniting Christians and giving them the strength to bring God's love to others, even when faith carries a high price, Pope Francis said.
Celebrating the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ with an evening Mass outside Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran on Thursday, Pope Francis said the church and its members will never cease being in awe of the Eucharist.
As the sun began to set, the Mass was followed by a traditional Corpus Christi procession from St. John Lateran to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one mile away.
The encyclical reportedly will be called "Laudato Sii," a quotation from a popular prayer of St. Francis of Assisi praising God for the Earth.
Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila was elected president of Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of 165 national Catholic charities, during the organization's general assembly in Rome.
A group of Catholic sisters, brothers and priests are spending five days focusing specifically on Francis' call to go to the peripheries and serve those most in need.