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Biologist Sister Caryn Crook on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’

With the release of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on creation, “Laudato Si,” the Sun asked several experts for their thoughts on the document. Here, Sister Caryn Cook, OSF — former biological technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Franciscan ecology coordinator at Alverna Heights, and current vocation minister…


Pope speaks as a pastor in call to protect earth, USCCB president says

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis speaks with a pastor’s voice and with deep respect for science in calling the world to address threats to all life on earth through environmental degradation and a the mindset of a “throwaway culture” in his encyclical, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic…




From border to academia, enthusiasm for papal encyclical runs high

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Long before Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation was released, it was providing a boost for a group of women struggling to keep the negative influences of modern-day life from erasing valued Mexican traditions and treasured cultural practices along the Mexico-Texas border.


What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals — believers and…