Bishops urged to help Catholics understand upcoming encyclical

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June 10, 2015

Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Mich., speaks with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., June 10 at the annual spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See BISHOPS-OPENING June 10, 2015.

Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Mich., speaks with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., June 10 at the annual spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — A week before the anticipated release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human ecology and the environment, the U.S. bishops were urged to help Catholics hear and understand it.

Pope Francis will challenge the assumptions of “both the left and the right” with the document, said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

He made the comments June 10 on the first day of the bishops’ spring general assembly in St. Louis.

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