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The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40) 

The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.

The program's distinctively Catholic foundation lies in Pope John Paul II’s 1990 World Day of Peace Message and the Catholic bishops’ pastoral statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth.

What's New

September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The resources on this page, and those on the WeAreSaltAndLight.org Laudato Si’ page, are available to help you celebrate this day.

Pope Francis' Message Marking the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Pope Francis has issued a Message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The theme of the message weaves the calls from his encyclical letter, Laudato Si' , and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: Show mercy to our common home. Read the full statement.

A Prayer Service proposed for a Holy Hour or Benediction (Prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace)
Second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September, 1 2016

Statement on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 1, 2016

                   

Laudato Si' Resources

The cover for the USCCB publication of Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. 

Read the encyclical here.

Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español - This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.

Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español - This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis' call.

Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si') | en Español

Capitol Hill Briefing on Encyclical Letter Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

Quotes from Church Teaching on Ecology


 

Resources

Celebrate and honor God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with the following new resources:

Statement on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 1, 2016

Children's storybooks on caring for God's creation

Green Street Park cover art.  Drop by Drop cover art.

Primer on Care for Creation and  Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation/Stewardship.

ToGoForth.org Blog Posts on Laudato Si'

Quotes from Church Teaching on Ecology

Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action | en Español
In parishes, diocese and other Catholic organizations, we encourage efforts to bring about discussion on issues affecting the environment (climate change, consumption, pollution, stewardship of the land) that is civil and constructive, that invokes the virtue of prudence in seeking solutions, and that is more responsive to the needs of the poor, both here in the United States and abroad.

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

Friending Planet Earth. Catholic Youth Climate Change Program

 

Climate Change

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good
The bishops seek to contribute to a national dialogue on climate change by applying the wisdom of Catholic social teaching. The bishops also urge prudent action now on climate change to mitigate its effects on the poor and vulnerable. Read their statement.

Background on Global Climate Change
The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

Letter to Congress on Green Climate Fund and Support of Agreement on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 28, 2015

Letter to U.S. Department of State Supporting Efforts to Secure Global Commitments to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 28, 2015

 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Environmental Justice

Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD as invested more than $3.2 million and partnered with over 70 community-based organizations and 36 dioceses in 25 states to support environmental justice.

Stories of Hope
See the CCHD-funded groups working for environmental justice.

CCHD Supports Major Environmental Justice Initiatives

CCHD Groups are Advocating for Environmental Justice

 

Advocacy

Letter to Senate regarding Protecting Nonprofit Energy-Efficiency Program and a National Carbon Standard
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, February 3, 2016

Oral Testimony at EPA Public Hearing on Implementation of Carbon Pollution Standards through the Proposed Federal Plan
Cecilia Calvo on behalf of Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú, November 18, 2015

Letter to Congress on Green Climate Fund and Support of Agreement on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 28, 2015

Letter to U.S. Department of State Supporting Efforts to Secure Global Commitments to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 28, 2015

Letter to Congress Regarding Protecting Creation and Carbon Pollution Standards
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 24, 2015

 

Archives

For older letters, documents, articles, etc., please see the Environment archives.



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