coal-plant-pollution-epa-1.[As Leading Lights, the protection and preservation of the environment has always been one of our highest priorities. While Pope Francis’ definition of revolution certainly differs from ours, this still comes as welcome news.  As the leader of one of the world’s largest religions, the Pope commands a great deal of influence, especially in many of the poorer areas of the globe. -Uziel]

VATICAN CITY (AP) — With a poet’s lyricism, a former chemist’s precision and a pontiff’s moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity’s relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy world to clean up its act “before it’s too late.”

In issuing “Laudato Si,” his much-anticipated encyclical on climate change, the pope on Thursday took an extraordinary approach to an environmental issue often framed in the dry language of science. Francis’ teaching document is a melodic yet radical indictment, depicting a materialistic and…