The Vati-Cats and Laudato Zi’ne debuted in Rome last week. (If you haven’t been keeping track of this popular “zine” version of Pope Francis’ teaching on climate change, then check out Laudato Z’ine and the Vati-Cats.)
Before I left from D.C., Heidi folded another 50 copies of Laudato Z’ine and I packed them in my suitcase. When I arrived in Rome for the conference on Catholics, Nonviolence, and Just Peace, I casually put a few out on the display table. Soon they were all gone. Then I gave a copy to some folks in particular. So now it should be tucked away in the carry-alls of a few bishops in Africa, professors in the Philippines, a nun in Iraq, and several others.
But its special debut was at the Pontifical Office on Justice and Peace (see photo above). We were there to do some more official business, but … well, what would Francis do? So I tucked a copy in the magazine rack outside Cardinal Turkson’s office. Who knows where it might end up!
Oh yes. And there were a LOT of cats in Rome.