Hot Times at the Vatican, As Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical Is Leaked to the Media Four Days Early

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There’s trouble at the Vatican, where Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical Laudato Sii was leaked four days early to the Italian magazine L’Espresso.It’s not immediately clear where the leak originated. The bootleg release was in Italian, not in English—leaving American reporters scrambling to cut and paste the nearly 200 pages of text into Google Translate.Then, the Vatican Press Office stepped up to insist that it was only a draft, hence not worthy of media attention and analysis. … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Upcoming Encyclical: “Praise Be to You”?

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The word is out:  Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment may be titled "Laudato sii" (Praise Be to You).The phrase is drawn from the first line of the Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi, Italy's oldest known literary text.Vatican Insider reports that the tentative title has been reported in two media outlets: According to ANSA, the leading wire service in Italy, the news came from Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), the Va … [Read more...]

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Rerum Novarum: A Labor Day Retrospective

On the first Monday of September, Americans say goodbye to summer with picnics and parades, fireworks and festivals. Traditionally, it’s the last day for women to wear white. It signals the start of the NFL and college football seasons.  It’s Labor Day!The first official Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, with a parade organized by the Central Labor Union of New York as a way to honor the economic and social contributions of workers.President Obama is scheduled to speak in Det … [Read more...]

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