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U.S. Catholic leaders laud Pope Francis for encyclical on environment

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholic leaders lauded Pope Francis for his encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," for calling all to be good stewards, for putting "a human face" on environmental issues, and for starting "a new conversation" on the urgent need to protect all of creation.

Defining moment: Glossary of terminology used in Laudato Si'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colorful terms to get his points across, for example, using "bat Christians" to describe those who hide their faith. While the new phrases he uses in his ecology encyclical are not as punchy, they succinctly help illustrate his points that care for the environment is a human and moral obligation.

Pope's encyclical comes at crucial time with message for all, speakers say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' encyclical letter on creation has come at a crucial time as increasing disregard for life and the environment requires immediate attention and action, said speakers at a Vatican news conference.