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Check out this conversation between Archbishop Coakley, Bishop McElroy, and Bishop Barron reflecting on the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’.

Disfrute de esta conversación entre los obispos Jorge Rodríguez-Novelo, Oscar Cantú, Daniel Flores y Joseph Tyson, quienes reflexionan sobre el 5º aniversario de la encíclica Laudato Si’.


Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si'

Summary of Activities of the U.S. Church in Response to Laudato Si’
June 17, 2020

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


Use the postcard below to advertise the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si'. Multiple download options are available, including Spanish versions.

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Letter to the Senate on the Great Americans Outdoors Act
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 6, 2020

Written Testimony in Support of The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop David J. Malloy, April 8, 2020

Comments Submitted to the Council on Environmental Quality Regarding an Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
March 10, 2020

Letter in Support of the Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop David J. Malloy, February 18, 2020

USCCB and CRS Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding the Paris Agreement
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio,  Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Mr. Sean Callahan, November 14, 2019

Letter to the Senate Expressing Support for the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, May 29, 2019

News Release: Concern Over New Mercury Rule Expressed by Chairmen of U.S. Bishops' Domestic Justice and Pro-Life Activities Committees; Bishops Call it "Troubling"
Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, March 22, 2019

Comments Submitted to E.P.A. on Proposed Change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule
March 18, 2019

News Release: U.S. Bishops' Domestic Chairman Reacts to Bipartisan Carbon Pricing Bill
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, January 25, 2019

Comments on Revising Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards
October 23, 2018

Letter to Senate Regarding FY 2019 Appropriations for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, June 25, 2018

Comments on Proposed EPA Rule on the Clean Power Plan
April 25, 2018

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson in Support of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol
Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, March 7, 2018


Mission and Identity

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.


Laudato Si’ Advocates Program

The Laudato Si’ Advocates Program is an internship administered by the Environmental Justice Program (EJP), in association with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). The Program equips college-age individuals with skills to advocate for legislation that promotes the integral ecology described in Laudato Si’. Advocates earn a stipend, attend a training summit in Washington, D.C., receive monthly formation, and are given instruction in advocacy. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply now! Applications for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 internships received before April 1st, 2020 will be given priority.




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

Querida Amazonia [Beloved Amazon]
Pope Francis has released a new Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia, or Beloved Amazon, which focuses on hearing the “cry of the poor” in the Amazon, protecting indigenous rights, solidarity, and action to care for God’s creation.  Read the exhortation. Use this study guide(en español) to reflect on the exhortation as an individual or with a group.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Pope Francis has called for an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, marking the beginning of the "Season of Creation," which lasts through the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4.  This bulletin insert/handout can help families and communities renew their commitment to care for our common home. Additional resources on this page, and those on the Laudato Si' page are available to help you celebrate this day. A Prayer Service proposed for a Holy Hour or Benediction on this day of prayer was created by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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. Blog Posts on Laudato Si'

Stories on Caring for Creation from

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


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.


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



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