Of the many issues great and small that have rebounded in and out of the news cycle this election season, only one is immediately and monumentally crucial. In fact it's not science fiction to assert that the future of humanity depends on who becomes the next President of the United States.
Pope Francis has said many important things in Laudato Si', and my critique should not detract from what is an excellent first foray by Catholic Church leadership into discussions of ecological degradation.
Today it is the Pope himself being challenged as a heretic of sorts. He is a heretic to those who subscribe to the conventional, reductionist belief system that sees science as separate from spirituality, and religion as separate from politics and economics.
ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.
As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.
Millennials of faith who care about animals have traditionally struggled to find a receptive ear in the church. When faced with the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the Holy Father, we felt as though we were standing in their shoes.
This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.
Pope Francis embodies the tenderness of God's mercy. From comforting families who lost loved ones on September 11 in New York City to proclaiming hope to the prisoners in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pope Francis has embodied God's tender mercy.
The Pope has said a great deal since he arrived in the U.S. Still, in this one, simple sentence before Congress, he brought together concepts of love, solidarity, right relationships, human dignity and even a "preferential option for the poor."
Pope Francisco's visit to Washington, DC, felt like a gust of fresh air. And he left us a rosary of unforgettable sentences, including my favorite one: "I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of 'dreams'."