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Italian magazine L’Espresso has published a leaked version of the pontiff’s encyclical on the environment

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical will surely focus on our duties of stewardship towards Creation

A scene from the trailer

A climate group has released an unofficial trailer ahead of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche of St Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul in Minnesota is to leave his post

Franciscan Father Michael Perry (CNS)

Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment on Thursday

Pope Francis holds a dove before his weekly audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The environment encyclical Laudato Si will be published on Thursday

Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

The new Vatican tribunal is welcome news indeed

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo (CNS)

Francis’s great political journey

The Pope’s travels have so far been both pastoral and pious

Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in a private audience at the Vatican. Below, Ukrainians gather for the Pope's general audience (AP/CNS photos)

Pope Francis gave Putin a medallion of the ‘Angel of Peace’ at the Vatican yesterday

Pope Francis exchanges his zucchetto with one given by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square. Below, Ukrainians attend the general audience (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says the family has always been the ‘closest’ hospital