June 30, 2015

This article appears in the Laudato Si' encyclical feature series. View the full series.
Environmental activists hold a banner as they pose for photos after attending the pope's Angelus at the Vatican June 28. Some 1,500 people marched to the Vatican in support of Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment. (CNS photo / Paul Haring)

“Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.”

- Pope Francis, from "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" (Chapter 6, Section I, Paragraph 205) as quoted in Laudato Si': We are family by Susan Rose Francois, published on Global Sisters Report June 26, 2015