Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., dean of the School of Franciscan Studies and executive director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, talks about the relationship between Pope Francis and Francis of Assisi in this five-minute video.
In a 184-page encyclical released Thursday by the Vatican, Pope Francis called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change. The much-awaited papal statement blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.
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