Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation. At the June 18 launch of the highly-anticipated encyclical “Laudato Si,” Cardinal Peter Turkson acknowledged a critique that the Church is taking sides on scientifically still-debatable topics such as global warming, … [Read more...]

Magisterium – not secret authors – had final say on encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite many claiming they helped to draft Pope Francis' new encyclical, the final text cannot be attributed to any 'hidden' advisors, says a former Vatican official. The proof, he says, is shown by the fact that the encyclical stands on the shoulders of previous magisterial teachings. The encyclical, “Laudato Si,” meaning “Praise be to You,” was published June 18. Its name is taken from St. Francis … [Read more...]

Click here for the full text of the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato Si

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 10:39 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' new encyclical, Laudato Si, was published today. The full text can be accessed at the Vatican website: … [Read more...]

The Pope’s take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated. “The acceptance of our bodies as God's gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home,” the Pope wrote, “whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand. The Pope explained that “a sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.” “At times we see an obsession with denying a … [Read more...]

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2015 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources. “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” the Pope said in his new encyclical “Laudato … [Read more...]

A meeting to remember: seminarians chat with Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several enthusiastic seminarians met with Benedict XVI at the Vatican Gardens on Tuesday – even though it is their exam time, they did not want to miss the chance to meet the Pope emeritus.   “It lasted two minutes, but I will always remember it,” one seminarian told CNA about the meeting. He added: “the Pope emeritus was so kind, and asked me some personal information about my life.” The seminarian … [Read more...]