The complete text of Pope Francis' encyclical letter on climate change and inequality.
"Nothing in this world is indifferent to us."
"More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire 'Catholic world' and indeed 'to all men and women of good will'. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."
- Pope Francis
"This breathtaking amalgam of urgency and poetry mines the spirit and appeals to the moral core.... The letter isn't just a manifesto for clergy and bishops, but doubles as a call to action with scientific rationale, written in plain language and addressed to 'every person living on this planet.'" (Chicago Tribune)
"A powerful, prophetic, and personal plea for governments, religions, businesses and individuals to work together to address climate change." (Time)
"An urgent call to action." (The New York Times)
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