Tag: Pope Francis

Behind the Scenes With the Pope’s Secret Science Committee

Several dozen of the world’s most prominent scientists sprang from their seats and left the Vatican hall where they were holding a conference on the environment in May 2014. They were bound for a meet-and-greet with Pope Francis at the modest Vatican hotel where he lives, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Among the horde was Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a […]

Pope Francis Releases ‘Laudato Si’ Encyclical And Lays Out Moral Case For Addressing Climate Change

The draft text of the encyclical, titled “Laudato Si’” (“Be praised”), was leaked Monday by the Italian magazine L’Espresso in what Vatican officials called a “heinous act.”   Already buzzed-about in Catholic and political circles before the leak, the pope’s global call on the environment generated strong reaction this week, with everyone from theologians to […]

Pope pleas to world to stop climate change destruction

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a global plea for action to prevent “extraordinary” climate change from destroying the planet and said wealthy countries must bear primary responsibility for creating the problem and for solving it.   In a radically worded letter addressed to every person on the planet, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion […]

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix ‘perverse’ economy

In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring concrete action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a “structurally perverse” economic system where the rich exploit the poor, turning Earth into an “immense pile of filth.”   Francis framed climate change as an urgent moral issue to […]

Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earths ecosystem in leaked encyclical

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would […]

Et Tu, Pontifex? Pope Francis Leaps Aboard ‘Global Warming’ Bandwagon

This is the sort of hackneyed language and extremely dubious science you might expect from a 16-year old trotting out the formulaic bilge and accepted faux-wisdom required these days to pass a fairly typical exam paper in Geography or Environmental Sciences.   But what it most definitely isn’t the kind of thing you’d want or […]

Debate simmers over whether pope called Abbas an ‘angel of peace’

The question whether Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace” when they met on Saturday continued to reverberate on Tuesday, with Israeli officials saying the Vatican denied this is how the pope characterized Abbas.   Israeli representatives officially approached the Vatican and asked for a clarification, one official said, adding […]

Israel hawks to Pope Francis: Stay out of politics

After Pope Francis moved to recognize a Palestinian state, some gung-ho defenders of Israel suggested the pontiff should stick to preaching and stay out of politics.   “It’s interesting how the Vatican has gotten so political when ultimately the Vatican ought to be working to lead people to Jesus Christ and salvation, and that’s what […]

Pope Francis’ Latest Treaty Marks a Huge Blow to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

The Vatican had previously accepted the 2012 decision by the U.N. General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state. However, Wednesday’s treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state.   According to the Associated Press, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit Pope Francis in the Vatican later this […]

What’s driving pope’s Middle East diplomacy?

From the beginning of his papacy Pope Francis hasn’t hesitated to jump into the bloody politics of the Middle East, starting with his September 2013 appeal for a day of fasting and prayer to protest the planned US military strikes on Syria. Since then he has recognized the Armenian slaughter of 1915 as a genocide and repeatedly called […]