On eve of encyclical, pope appeals for 'our ruined' planet

June 18, 2015 6:08 AM

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VATICAN CITY Pope Francis, on the eve of the most contested papal writing in half a century, said on Wednesday that all should help to save "our ruined" planet and asked critics to read his encyclical with an open spirit.

In the highly personal and eloquently written 192-page "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home", Francis dives head on into the climate change controversy, which has won him the wrath of skeptical conservatives, including two Catholic U.S. Republican presidential candidates.

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