Available publicly the day after the Australian document on developing north Australia is ironic. That document continues to foster debate in Australia today, with extensive media coverage and more expected in coming weeks and months.
The Pope does not pull any punches in his encyclical and quite clearly in layman's terms comes out to support the premise that a major cause of climate change has been and is now, atmosphere changes from increased levels of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels also leading to other effects.
He uses clear, easy to read language and does document material, relying on scientific evidence.
There are a few excerpts around with this one which appeared on the ABC web site in Australia a reasonable overview - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-19/pope-francis-warns-humanity-about-pace-of-consumption/6557822
On dangers to the planet
On fossil fuels
On relationship between banks, environment and production
On effect of mining on the environment and local people
On public pressure on companies and boycotts
The full document is about 82 pages and if interested in the environment is essential reading, covering ethical issues about the environment and how it has influenced social and moral issues.
I am sure it will not be forgotten as ordinary citizens, scientists and politicians pore over the document in the coming weeks and months.
The Pope carries a bit of clout, and the document and various extracts will be widely read .......worldwide.
Will it influence the world's politicians? Early days, but the US President has reacted positively to the material.
Lets hope that a decent outcome can be achieved later in 2015 at the climate summit in Paris. The Pope seems to believe that significant change is needed..........for the world and us.