A great recap of Pope Francis’ messages about climate change during his visit to the U.S. last week, and ways we as people of faith can continue and propagate that message moving forward. Written by Jessie Dye, Program and Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light for Sightline Daily.
Maybe you heard? Pope Francis was making the rounds last week in DC, New York, and Philly. The buzz has been hard to miss.
It’s no wonder. The Pope is the “faith boss” of every practicing Catholic on earth: 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide and at least 70 million Catholics in the US—that’s the largest denomination by far, 22 percent of the American population. (Interestingly, the second-largest US “faith” group is former Catholics.)
But it’s not just his flock that’s paying attention these days; the crowd-pleasing Pope has mostly everybody’s ear. And he’s talking about climate change—a lot. Continue reading
Bob Hauert, FAMA board member, hosts an evening event which will play the Pope’s comments to Congress earlier that day, September 24, 2015. Afterwards, a panel of Catholic theologians and a political scientist will briefly discuss his speech. Their comments will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience, and the evening will end with a wine and cheese reception.
The screening of the Pope’s address to Congress, panel discussion, and reception following the discussion are free and open to the public. There will be a voluntary collection to help the Catholic Student Union at Emory University. Students will collect donations as you leave the talk.
The event location is: Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health Auditorium.
You must register for this event at www.aquinas.emory.edu
The first annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
On the heels of his historic encyclical released in June, Pope Francis has declared Tuesday, September 1 the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In response, faith communities are organizing prayer and practical initiatives that actively address the environmental crisis facing our communities. Continue reading