Ever since a draft of Pope Francis's highly anticipated papal document on climate change was leaked on Monday (and officially released Thursday), world leaders, practicing Catholics, political candidates and seemingly everyone in between has been responding to his strongly worded call for action on climate change.
"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth," wrote the Catholic leader in an encyclical that was widely praised for its scientific accuracy, its willingness to call out those who deny the science, and its attempt to speak to a global lay audience rather than just church leaders.
In short, Pope Francis was applauded for his leadership: his decision to make the moral argument for addressing global warming, our dependence on fossil fuels and the overconsumption of our "throwaway culture." The reactions poured in from leaders, politicians and others. Here are some of the most noteworthy.
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan weighed in about Pope Francis's leadership:
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) June 18, 2015
World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, in a statement, said "today’s release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical should serve as a stark reminder to all of us of the intrinsic link between climate change and poverty."
— Jim Yong Kim (@JimKim_WBG) June 18, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, at a stop Tuesday in New Hampshire, said “I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”
Fellow GOP presidential contender George Pataki had this to say in response:
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) June 18, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden, a practicing Catholic, at a clean energy forum Tuesday, said about Pope Francis: "We have a good one now."
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) June 16, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Democratic candidate for president:
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 18, 2015
John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign:
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) June 18, 2015
"Moral leadership on climate change from the Pope is particularly important because of the failure of many heads of state and government around the world to show political leadership."
"The encyclical is going to go out to over 1 billion Catholics — that's a way of getting a message across to a segment of society that the scientific community could never do. I mean it's just unbelievable."
And then, of course, there were a few less serious responses, like this video of a faux pope rapping about climate deniers: