Following St. Francis

Following St. Francis : Pope John Paul II's Urgent Call for Ecological Action

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Believing that the ecological crisis is a moral crisis, the late John Paul II was an unexpected advocate for ecological responsibility throughout his papacy. In hundreds of speeches, sermons, and encyclicals, he revealed a sophisticated view in which the development of a just human society is closely tied with preserving the health of the earth. Yet there are many in the religious community who continue to view environmentalism as an earthly concern at odds with devotion to God. That is now changing, thanks to the groundwork laid by this most beloved of popes, who will be canonized at the end of 2013. Following St. Francis is accessible and illuminating, and speaks as much to nonreligious readers as to devoted Catholics. Across themed sections (on Poverty, Women's Rights, Humans as Stewards, Responsible Capitalism, etc.), Marybeth Lorbiecki presents the late Pope's contemplation of environmental issues as inseparable from human ones, giving the scriptural background for his beliefs, and the call he made to all of us to change.
John Paul II's always held the hope that in rising to meet them, these crises could become the sources of significant spiritual, moral, social, and economic opportunities. In uniting to act responsibly, Catholics and non-Catholics could renew the face of the earth.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 33.02mm | 703.07g
  • Rizzoli Ex Libris
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • text thoughout
  • 0847842711
  • 9780847842711
  • 1,926,037

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During his papacy, Pope John Paul II was an unexpected environmental advocate. Marybeth Lorbiecki's compilation of sections of his hundreds of speeches, sermons, and encyclicals in her book Following St. Francis, shows how John Paul II connected care of the environment with a just human society. This easily accessible book examines spiritual, moral, social, and economical topics for Catholics and non-Catholics alike -US Catholic Magazine Engaging . . . Some of the world's poorest people are currently on the front lines of climate change. Marybeth Lorbiecki makes us aware that Pope John Paul II and our new Vatican leadership views this threat as a great moral and spiritual issue of our day, impacting all of God's creation. -Rabbi Warren G. Stone, National Religious Coalition on Creation Care
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About Marybeth Lorbiecki

Marybeth Lorbiecki, M.A., is Director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign, a joint program of the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care (NRCCC) and the Franciscan Action Network. The Vatican Office of Peace and Justice has sought her out for consultation on her compilation of Pope John Paul II's ecological teachings, the only collection they know to exist. She is a former adjunct university professor, and author of the award-winning biography of the conservationistAldo Leopold, A Fierce Green Fire, as well as numerous children's books.

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen bestselling books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, and was awarded the Steward of God's Creation Award by the NRCCC in 2013. Time magazine called him "the planet's best green journalist." A Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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