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What the Pope’s climate change announcement tells us about the church

Many feel Francis has gone beyond his remit in taking a radical political stance

By John Cornwell  

Enviromentalists march in support of Pope Francis. © Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images

Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment—a formal church document, released yesterday, in which he calls for action on climate change and pollution—has been greeted with enthusiasm by an impressive array of the “people of good will” to whom he addresses it.

But in the long run, the reception of the Pope’s pronouncements may tell us more about the state of the Catholic Church and…

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