A third of Catholics in England and Wales say they would adopt a greener lifestyle if Pope Francis made a strong statement on climate change, according to a poll carried out earlier this year by YouGov for the Catholic aid agency CAFOD. Of those responding, 80% said that as Catholics they felt a duty to care for the Earth as God’s creation. Some 72% of respondents said they were concerned that climate change would most adversely affect the world’s poorest people.

A papal encyclical is a letter sent by the Pope to Catholic churches around the world, giving teaching based upon the Gospels and Church ...


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