New York — Invoking the prayer of his namesake St. Francis of Assisi, the pope officially entered the stormy politics of climate change on Thursday, issuing a much-anticipated pastoral letter that emphasized the moral imperative to “care for our common home,” urging global leaders to address “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”
It’s in many ways a test of the moral authority of the globally popular Pope Francis, who unveiled the papal encyclical “Laudito Si” – or “praise be to you” – after the Vatican’s unusually full-throated effort to promote the encyclical, which is considered a major, authoritative statement of the mor...
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