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June 20, 2015
Pope Francis Delivers Encyclical on Climate Change
The Pope makes explicit the connection between climate action, poverty, and morality, and calls for a radical shift away from current failures and toward an “ecological conversion” instead. First in a two-part series.
“Our present situation...is in many ways unprecedented in the history of humanity,” Pope Francis
states at the outset of Laudat
o Si, his encyclical on climate change and the environment that was published this week. In
writing the encyclical, the Pope continued, “Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy
curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world
into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”
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