Draft of pope’s eagerly awaited environment encyclical leaks

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian newsweekly has published a draft copy of Pope Francis’ eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Monday that the document published by L’Espresso was not the final version and that the official encyclical would still be released as scheduled on Thursday.

Pope Francis has said that climate change is “mostly” man-made and that humankind has a moral imperative to radically change its behavior to protect the planet for future generations — as well as to prevent the poor from suffering due to the sins of the rich.
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