Pope Francis Leads by Example Shunning Throwaway Culture

In a recent article published by the Irish Examiner, Margaret Hickey explains how Pope Francis cannot be accused of not leading the way by example. With scuffed black shoes and a second-hand car he models the frugality he extols. If more celebrities followed his example, frugality could be cool as well as virtuous. And that might help keep the planet cool too. In his recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that planet Earth is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…Read More

Pope Francis Encyclical – Laudato Si Now Available

The recent Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment and climate change is now available from the Abbey Bookshop in Limerick and at the Abbey Bookshop website. The controversial encyclical is openly critical of much of our modern throwaway lifestyle which shows little or no regard for poor people or the planet. In the Pope Francis Encyclical, the Pope highlights how the degree of human intervention in the environment, mostly in the service of business and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and less beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. In the Popes words “each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, older people lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish”…Read More