On Friday, Sept. 18 the Honors College will host the latest in their series of lectures and events. A panel of five experts will discuss the Pope’s Encyclical and his upcoming historic address to a joint session of Congress.
The Pope’s Encyclical “Laudato si” (Praise be to you), which is a letter from the Pope to all Catholic bishops, was released in June 2015. It is historic in its call for the whole world to act on climate change: “Faced with the global deterioration of the environment, I want to address every person who inhabits this planet”. Pope Francis chose his name after Saint Francis, a protector of the poor and also patron saint of the environment. Pope Francis has proven to be a compelling advocate for both. The encyclical is a call to action on climate change and world wealth imbalance. Also notably historic is the fact that Pope Francis has been invited to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24. This panel of experts will discuss the historic nature of the encyclical and the Pope’s address to Congress prior to the event, with open discussion from the audience. The panelists are: Mike Miles, Linda Young, Douglas Fischer, Tony Hartshorn and Scott Powell. The panel will take place in the SUB Ballrooms from 4 – 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 18.