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Laudato Si' - Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis on the Environment

Last edited 24th June 2015

Pope Francis has released his historic Encyclical Letter on the care for our common home - the enviroment. The title, Laudato Si', is taken from a hymn by St Francis of Assisi that contains strong emphasis on harmony between God and the creatures of the world.


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The Poem from Saint Francis that Inspired the Ecology Encyclical, “Laudato Si”

Last edited 17th June 2015

"That is how the name came into my heart: Francis of Assisi. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we?" A name isn't the only thing that Pope Francis took from the famous saint. The title of his upcoming encyclical on ecology translates to "Be praised," words from Saint Francis of Assisi's famous poem "Canticle of the Creatures."

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Race Against Time for Nepal's Quake Victims

Last edited 15th June 2015

Caritas Australia and partner agencies are in a race against time in Nepal to provide urgently-needed relief supplies to survivors of the nation's two deadly earthquakes as the monsoon rains begin, creating even more misery for the grief stricken nation. Last week a massive landslide wiped out six villages and killed 47 people with dozens more still missing. Rescue efforts for those in the remote mountainous region are being hampered by continuous rain and flashing flooding.


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Catholic, Orthodox & Atheist to Present Pope’s Encyclical

Last edited 23rd June 2015

A Catholic, an Orthodox Christian and an atheist are to present the encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis has said. The Pope, speaking during an audience with priests in Rome, said the line-up would reflect the fact that “we need unity to protect creation”. The Pope’s encyclical on the environment, entitled Laudato Si, on the care of our common home, will be presented at a press conference in the Vatican’s synod hall on Thursday.


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Caring for Creation is a Duty for All, Pope says Ahead of Encyclical Launch

Last edited 14th June 2015

Pope Francis said Sunday that his coming encyclical on the care of creation is not just for some, but is addressed to all, and serves as an invitation to pay more attention to environmental destruction and recovery.


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Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology

Last edited 2nd June 2015

Ahead of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church's role in promoting the stewardship of creation in this documentary by Catholic News Service.

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Pope's Environmental Encyclical: Praised Be You

Last edited 31st May 2015

Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication. Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House, reportedly announced the encyclical’s title during the delivery of the Cardinal Michele Giordano prize Saturday afternoon, May 30, in Naples.


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US Tornadoes: This Wreckage Used To Be a Home

Last edited 17th May 2015

As storms ripped across the middle of the United States, destroying homes and businesses, a tornado warning gave one set of high school students a night to remember.

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Vatican Officially Recognises Palestinian State

Last edited 18th May 2015

Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday May 16th. The news of the visit comes on the same day the Vatican officially recognised Palestine as a state. It's part of a bilateral treaty that has yet to be signed, but it does refer to Palestine as a state instead of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.


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Nepal Rocked by 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake near Mount Everest

Last edited 18th May 2015

Nepal has been hit by another strong earthquake, causing widespread panic and casualties just over two weeks after a devastating one killed more than 8,000 people, injured 18,000 and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.


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