FOLLOWING an unprecedented address on climate change in Pope Francis' encyclical this week, Rockhampton's Bishop Michael McCarthy wanted to share the church's stance on environment.

In the encyclical, the Pope condemns carbon trading, coal and consumption, whilst backing community energy methods.

Read that story here: Pope calls for global approach to tackle climate change

Bishop McCarthy said the Catholic church always had a strong connection to the environment.

"The main thing he (Pope Francis) addresses is that the Earth is in crisis...the position of people in the world is so important and yet there needs to be a whole new relationship between people and the Earth," Bishop McCarthy said.

"Today I thought this would be a good opportunity to start talking about that this is very relevant to us here in Central Queensland."

NOTE: An encyclical was originally a circular letter sent to all the churches of a particular area in the ancient Roman Church.

See more in tomorrow's The Morning Bulletin.



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