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Pope Francis on the Gift of the Internet for Creating Solidarity Across the Human Family
January 23, 2014
Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as...
Pope Francis on Deepening Catholic Teaching by Encouraging Human Self-Understanding
August 31, 2013
Here, human self-understanding changes with time and so also human consciousness deepens. Let us think of when slavery was...
Pope Francis on Religion as a Source of Deep, Unifying Truth
June 29, 2013
In contemporary culture, we often tend to consider the only real truth to be that of technology. […] Nowadays this appears...
Pope Francis on Combining Respect for the Environment with Solidarity with the Entire Human Family
June 5, 2013
We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the...
Pope Francis on the Universal Vocation of Protecting Creation in His Inaugural Mass Homily
March 19, 2013
The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior...
Pope Francis on the Responsibility of World Leaders to Protect Creation in His Inaugural Mass Homily
March 19, 2013
I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and...
Pope Francis on His Reasons for Taking the Name of St. Francis of Assisi
March 16, 2013
Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. Some thought of Francis Xavier, Francis De...
Benedict XVI on Europe's Identity and Its Faith in an Interview
October 16, 2012
[Europe] still has to find its true identity in order to be able to speak and act in keeping with her responsibility. [...]...
Benedict XVI on Infertility and the Proper Object of Science at a Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Infertility
February 25, 2012
[This conference's work] is an example of a science that retains its spirit in seeking the truth at the service of the...
Benedict XVI on Science's Limits and the Bonds of Marriage
February 25, 2012
The Church pays great attention to the distress of infertile couples, she cares for them and for this very reason encourages...
Benedict XVI on How Scientists Should Approach Their Work
February 25, 2012
Never give in to the temptation to treat the good of the person by reducing him or her to a mere technical problem! The...
Benedict XVI on Reason and Faith in the American Tradition
January 19, 2012
With her long tradition of respect for the right relationship between faith and reason, the Church has a critical role to...
Benedict XVI on the Purpose of Knowledge and Education
May 21, 2011
The Gospel is the basis for a view of the world and the person that does not cease to emanate cultural, humanistic and...
Benedict XVI on Social Media and Technology
February 28, 2011
The risks that are taken [with social media technologies] are of course visible to everyone; the loss of interiority,...


Science and the Environment

The Catholic Church’s position on science and the environment has grown in importance over recent years. The Church has consistently argued that faith and reason are not opposed to each other, but are instead of a complementary nature. While supporting the potential for science to improve life and aid development, especially for the poor, the Church has remained wary of the unforeseen consequences of scientific advancement, especially that which destroys traditional norms and attacks human dignity. The Church has also been a longtime supporter of proper environmental stewardship by Christians and non-Christians alike. With concern for the environment growing and scientific research accelerating, it is likely that the Catholic Church’s involvement with these matters will increase in the coming years.