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Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change

Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change

As you might have heard, Pope Francis is expected to release later this year an encyclical on the environment. Papal Encyclicals are an important way for popes to exercise their teaching office. This is not the first time a pope has addressed this topic. Pope Benedict was called the "green pope" because of his various pronouncements on the matter. He also had solar panels installed in the Vatican and took other measures to reduce the Vatican City's carbon footprint. But, this is the first time a pope has addressed the issue of the environment and climate change with an encyclical — and for us Catholics and not only for Catholics — this is a big deal. Although I...

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