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The word “redemption” is used in two particular ways. First, it’s a religious word, referring to the process by which human beings are saved.
There is much common ground between Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si' and Islamic teaching on the environment.
Those who have advocated a “penitential pathway” for divorced and remarried couples to travel on if they want to receive Communion – including the unnamed advocates in the just-released working document – or Instrumentum Laboris – for October’s Synod on the Family – rarely develop the proposal.
Bishop Mussinghoff’s request that Pope Francis revoke the Good Friday prayer for the Jewish people according to the Tridentine Rite has come at a fitting moment in this year of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council declaration that set the Church on a new path of dialogue with the Jewish people.
The news that Heythrop College will no longer be a higher education college in the University of London brings a sorry end to the Jesuit project to bring theology to the capital and to the wider academy.
The excellent papal encyclical Laudato si’ is addressed to everybody but it challenges Catholics in particular to address the effects of climate change. In England and Wales environmental initiatives by Catholics thus far have been limited – the responsibility for such things in the most part being passed to the bishops’ overseas aid and development charity, Cafod.
After migrants yesterday tried to board lorries held up by striking ferry workers in Calais, David Cameron on Wednesday said that the UK needs to work with European partners to stop the problem "at source", breaking the link between travelling to Europe by boat and "getting settlement" in Europe.
Planet Earth is, as the sub-title of the Pope’s new encyclical calls it, the “common home” for humanity. And it’s a home that is increasingly falling into disrepair, due to lack of care by the tenants to whom it has been entrusted.
The publication of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home is of enormous significance. He has shown great wisdom and leadership.
The publication by Pope Francis of Laudato Si’: On the care of our common home is a huge contribution to the debate on the environment around the world.