Looking Beyond the Political Divide: Why “Laudato Si” is an Important Statement for Everyone

Pope Francis has captured the hearts and imaginations ….

Acting Franciscan

Pope Francis has captured the hearts and imaginations of individuals around the world.  He has reached a level of popularity, among both Catholics and the population in general, that I think very few people could have ever anticipated.  However, rarely has there ever been a figure in public life, particularly when that individual is leader of more than one billion people, that doesn’t occasionally cause a bit of controversy.  Tragically enough, that controversy has reached a peak with the release of “Laudato Si,” an encyclical written by the Holy Father encouraging a broader respect for creation.  Irony that it is something entitled “Praised Be” and calls for a level of care for the world around us in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi (arguably the most popular saint in the Catholic Church) that has stirred up a firestorm and ill will toward the pontiff aside, I think it also…

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