Some weekend reading – The Papal encyclical

Word cloud of the Pope's encyclical

A word cloud of the most common words in the encyclical (Created with Wordle)

Yesterday the Pope released his encyclical on caring for the environment. I started working in peace and social justice issues largely through Christian groups and, despite now being an atheist, have great respect for people who accept the radical social message of the bible. So this week’s edition of some weekend reading focuses on the Pope’s encyclical. I hope Catholics and world leaders (and others) take his call for action to heart.

Pope’s climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor from the Guardian – a summary of the encyclical.

Pope’s climate letter is a radical attack on the logic of the market by Steffen Böhm via the Conversation – “The encyclical is a radical… attack on the logic of the market and consumerism, which has been expanded into all spheres of life.”

Key excerpts from the Pope’s encyclical on the environment from ABC online – 9 short extracts for the encyclical.

The internet just exploded with Pope Francis’ climate change encyclical from Gizmodo – a fairly light-hearted look at the reaction on the internet (including a short video of an unofficial trailer released by a Brazilian climate action group which is well worth watching)

Pope’s encyclical generates responses from over-the-top enthusiasm to harsh dismissal from the Washington Post – a range of reactions (largely from the USA)

Encyclical letter Laudato si’ (On care for our common home) by Pope Francis – if you want to read the document for yourself

One from the vaults

Blue Men: Message to Humanity

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at some of my recent posts:

Previous weekend readings

Coal is good for humanity? Tony Abbott, climate change & wind farms

Climate change, health and children

A song for Sunday – Don’t pay the ferryman

Saturday quote (a quote about potential)

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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