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Encyclical on environment nearly finished, Vatican spokesman reveals

March 24, 2015

Pope Francis is expected to complete drafting an encyclical on the environment this week, the Vatican press office has said.

Father Ciro Benedettini, the deputy director of the press office, said that the encyclical is likely to be released during the summer. Pope Francis has said that he wants to allow time for discussion of the encyclical in advance of a UN meeting on climate change that will take place in December in Paris.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 24, 2015 10:55 PM ET USA

    The pope says he wants to influence the December meeting to be courageous. The sole purpose of the meeting is to come to an agreement to limit CO2 emissions. This is a futile attempt to stop climate change, which has been going on for billions of years and is not doing anything unusual. Reducing fossil fuel use will only harm the poor, especially in developing countries, by limiting access to electricity and other forms of energy.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 24, 2015 3:00 PM ET USA

    Scary! I hope the pope sticks to Genesis and doesn't presume to dabble in science. Now's the time to pray that he does the right thing.