Published: 18 June 2015
Pope Francis has released his first encyclical letter - Laudato Si - on Care for Our Common Home. it is a moral case for addressing climate change. Encyclicals are authoritative statements.
Chapter One What is happening to our common home considers pollution and climate change, the issue of water, the loss of biodiversity and decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society.
The encyclical also addresses global inequality - about little awareness of the excluded who are the majority of the planent's population. It is also noted that professionals, opinion makers, communications media and centres of power are located in affluent urban areas far removed from the poor. It is noted that inequality affects not only individuals but entire countries.
The encyclical can be downloaded at: