Anticipation building for papal encyclical on environment

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February 11, 2015

Baby owls leave nest in Japan; papal encyclical on environment expected later this year

Ezo owl chicks sit in a tree just after leaving their nest on Hokkaido Island, Japan, June 11, 2014. Pope Francis plans to issue an encyclical on the environment later this year. (CNS photo/Kimimasa Mayama, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The much-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment, expected sometime this spring or early summer, is generating a lot of buzz in Washington and elsewhere.

At the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, a Feb. 9 panel discussion on climate change and other environmental issues had to be moved to a larger room.

“We usually get 15, 20 people,” said Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, prefacing his remarks. Surveying the scene in the larger room, he added, “It’s never been this full.”

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