On, Thursday, the Pope will issue an encyclical in five languages that essentially calls on man to stop "exploiting" the earth's natural resources. Will he also have the church formally weigh in against global warming?
The Roman Catholic church is expected to issue a strongly worded position paper on the environment this Thursday, one that connects the plight of the world's power with the challenges posed by Climate Change. "This encyclical is aimed at everyone," Pope Francis explained. "Let us pray that everyone can receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common home that God has given us."
The eagerly awaited document will be launched at a Vatican news conference Thursday that underscores Francis' insistence that it's not just for Catholics: The three speakers are a Vatican cardinal, a Greek Orthodox theologian and an atheist scientist.
In the encyclical, Francis is expected to lay out the moral imperative to fight global warming, since the poor are the most affected by it.
Francis has said he wanted to get the encyclical out in plenty of time before negotiators meet in Paris at the end of the year to hammer out a deal to reduce greenhouse gases to a level that keeps global warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 F), compared with pre-industrial times.