Posts Tagged ‘creation’

Pope Francis’s encyclical on environment expected in early 2015 Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

An encyclical by Pope Francis on creation and respect for the environment is expected to be released in early 2015. Pope Francis has reportedly spent months drafting his new encyclical. In March, during an audience with superiors from the Franciscan order, the Pope expressed how much this topic concerns him, and asked them for advice. Order Read more

Pope Francis says if we destroy creation, it will destroy us Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Pope Francis has sounded a clear warning about respect for the environment – if we destroy creation, then creation will destroy us. At his general audience on May 21, the Pope said polluting or destroying the environment amounts to telling God one doesn’t like his creation. Safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift from God, he Read more

Virtue of eating less meat Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Abstaining from animal products during a period of fasting is a practice that dates back to early Christian monastic tradition. This tradition persists in the Orthodox Churches where even today fasting is characterised by abstinence from all animal products. But while abstaining from meat in the Roman tradition is mainly associated with the sacrifice of Read more

Ecology: Church teaching before and by the Pope Comments 1

Friday, March 7th, 2014

In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment. Barbara Ward-Jackson was a consultant before and during the synod and undoubtedly had a considerable influence on its outcome. This document emphasised the close link between ecology and Read more

A universe from nothing? Comments 0

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Most things sound convincing when Morgan Freeman says them. The host of Through the Wormhole and the voice of God himself recently told told Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show that the Higgs Boson “explains everything – creation.” “Oh oh”, replies Ferguson, “that’s not going to be popular.” The “science puts God out of a job” Read more

Culture of waste condemned by Pope Francis Comments 0

Friday, June 7th, 2013

In his most powerful environment-themed address to date, Pope Francis has condemned the “culture of waste” and the economic system in which “men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption”. Speaking on World Environment Day, the Pope referred to the proper stewardship of the earth. “Are we truly cultivating and caring Read more

Vatican will exhibit art at Venice Biennale Comments 0

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Vatican will take part for the first time this year in the Venice Biennale, a contemporary art exhibition with a reputation for avant-garde works. The theme of the Vatican’s pavilion, “Creation, Un-Creation and Re-Creation”, will have the aim of promoting modern dialogue on faith. It will use the first 11 chapters of the Book Read more

US bishops propose climate change principles Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The American Catholic bishops have proposed seven principles to help lawmakers to take “urgent and necessary” measures to address climate change. “Evidence continues to point toward significant damaging impacts from climate related events in the United States, across the globe, and particularly for the poorest developing countries,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire, who chairs the bishops’ Read more

Catholics and the environment Comments 0

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Discussion of the environment can be a turn off. The topic is vast and complicated, and it raises high passions. When we imagine the environment, we may imagine walking in remote bush country now threatened by logging. We may imagine Tasmanian tigers that have become extinct, or the inhabitants of Tuvalu whose island is gradually Read more

Evolutionary biology not contrary to faith, professors say Comments 0

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

There is no conflict between evolutionary biology and belief in God, two professors have asserted during a session on faith and science during the international Rimini Meeting in Italy. The annual event, in the northern Italian resort city of Rimini, brings together international experts on religion, politics, economics, science and the arts to debate cutting-edge Read more