Pope Francis correctly noted that “a very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system”. But what’s most moving about this is the leadership of the Pope.
Attendees from the United States are scheduled to include Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland, Oregon; Mayor Sam Liccardo of San José, CA; Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle; Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco; Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis; Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans; and Mayor Matthew Appelbaum of Boulder, CO. The Pope noted that Liz, while saddened by the sickness of her mother, drew strength from her aunt and a community of young people.
It’s understood she failed in her attempts to get a private meeting with the Pope. The Pope’s Encyclical was an excellent reminder of the broad concern – not just among scientists, and not just for Catholics, but across society – about the buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
Since his election in 2013, the first pope from Latin America has often spoken out in defence of the poor and against unbridled capitalism but the speech in this Bolivian city was the most comprehensive to date on the issues he has championed.
During a high-profile visit to his native South America last week, he issued a stinging rebuke of capitalism, denouncing it as a “subtle dictatorship”.
“Evangelization does not consist in proselytizing”, he said, departing from a prepared text to add that knowing God should be as simple as tapping on the door. But when he makes a formal speech to a group of bishops, his words can seem critical. Eventually, Francis wrote to both leaders. Three inmates told Pope Francis of their tribulations inside the prison.
– Since the days of the globetrotting St. John Paul II, the nunciature stakeout has been a staple of papal trips.
A 29 year old run way model from Argentina was escorted by Irate guards from a public gathering, after attempting to meet with the Pope on a top revealing her nipples.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over Ecuador as well as neighboring countries, had been camping out at the park since the start of the week in anticipation of what is likely to be the pope’s largest event in this country. Increasingly his tone was that of a dad who had already told his children five times to go to bed.