(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi,
S.J., confirmed on Friday that Pope Francis has begun work on a draft text on the
topic of ecology, which could become an encyclical. But, Father Lombardi said, the
project is in an early stage, so it is too early to make any prediction about the
timing of possible publication.
Father Lombardi said it is important to note that Pope Francis intends to put particular emphasis on the theme of “human ecology,” a phrase used by Pope Benedict to describe not only how people must defend and respect nature but how the nature of the person – masculine and feminine as created by God – must also be defended.