College presidents in statement back pope’s leadership on climate change

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September 21, 2015

Image By Barbara Simon-Johnson/Communications Office - Diocese of Saint CloudWASHINGTON (CNS) — About 100 U.S. Catholic college presidents have signed a document supporting Pope Francis for his leadership on climate change efforts and committing their institutions to doing all they can to foster “open, honest” dialogue on climate issues and help form “global ecological citizens.”

Since the pope’s encyclical on climate, “Laudato Si’,” was published in June, college presidents have been adding their names to the pledge, stating that they will work together regionally and globally “to study, promote and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis.”

The document thanks the pope for his “strong and courageous leadership in addressing the interrelated crises and ways of life” that are threatening the earth. “His leadership inspires our own,” it adds.

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