We must always be cautious when we read about what the Pope says. We may miss something if we don’t go directly to the source. Too many news outlets have proven themselves to be all too eager to shoe-horn the Pope into this or that specific ideology; quoting him when it suits their view, and ignoring him when it doesn’t.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is “on the environment”. Before you hear about it from a 3rd party, why not take a look at his actual words? Here is a link to the full encyclical. But if 183-pages seems daunting at first, start with this other article that picks out 11 really important parts that you probably won’t hear about anywhere else.

“11 Things You Probably Won’t Hear about Pope Francis’ Encyclical” on Stream.org

Time and time again the Catholic view proves to be much bigger than a single, narrow socio-political stance, and I think we will see that here too.