Laudato Si' Roundtable

Laudato Si' Roundtable

Archbishop Paul Coakley, Bishop Robert Barron, and Bishop Robert McElroy discuss Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si' as the Church worldwide celebrated the 5th anniversary of the document's publication. This discussion was originally streamed on...

Mesa Redonda de Obispos celebrando Laudato Si

Mesa Redonda de Obispos celebrando 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 Anniversay of Laudato Si'

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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 oew 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 irief 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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Environmental Justice Advocacy

2017

Letter to Congress Urging Funding for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, November 10, 2017

Bishops Welcome Bipartisan Bill that Seeks Climate Solutions
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, September 15, 2017

Oral Testimony at CPSC on Rulemaking to Protect Children from Chemicals in Consumer Products
Ricardo Simmonds on behalf of the USCCB, September 14, 2017

Statement on Upcoming World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú, August 31, 2017

Letter to Senate on Funding for Environmental Protection Agency
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, August 25, 2017

The Paris Agreement and Global Solidarity. . .
Bishop Oscar Cantú, National Catholic Reporter, June 1, 2017

Letter To National Security Advisor Regarding Our Shared Obligation To Care For The Environment
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Mr. Sean L. Callahan, May 5, 2017

Letter To Secretary Of The Treasury Regarding Our Shared Obligation To Care For The Environment
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Mr. Sean L. Callahan, May 5, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Regarding Care for Creation
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Mr. Sean L. Callahan, February 17, 2017

2016

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

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

2015

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

Letter Supporting CELAM's Petition For A Hearing On The Human Rights Implications Of Extractive Industries | en Español
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 17, 2015

2014-2000

Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship
Reflection by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, October 20, 2014 

Oral Testimony at EPA Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards
Cecilia Calvo on behalf of Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 30, 2014

Comments to EPA on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants │en Español
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 30, 2014

Letter to EPA Administrator on Carbon Pollution Standards en Español
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 29, 2014

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 30, 2014

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

Friending Planet Earth. Catholic Youth Climate Change Program

Coalition Letter to Senate in support of Amendment (#1856) to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392)
September 12, 2013

Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Energy on The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 24, 2013

Letter to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, February 21, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change
Religious leaders, including Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, January 29, 2013

Good Sense, Good Air: While we live we are responsible to the Lord
Keynote Address by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, November 7, 2011

Comments on EPA Proposed Regulations on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 20, 2011

Background on Children's Health and the Environment
February 2011

Joint CRS/USCCB letter to Key Senators on Climate Change and Poverty
Bishop Howard Hubbard and Mr. Ken Hackett, June 3, 2010

Letter to Congress on Climate Change and Poverty
Bishop Howard Hubbard and Mr. Ken Hackett, June 24, 2009

Letter to G-8 Heads of State on Poverty and Climate Change
Presidents of Bishops' Conferences, June 22, 2009

Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Climate Change
Bishop Howard Hubbard and Mr. Ken Hackett, May 18, 2009

Letter from Bishops' Conferences to G-8 Leaders
Cardinal Francis George, June 17, 2008

Written and Oral Testimonies on Climate Change to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Mr. John L. Carr, June 7, 2007

Letter to Senate on Climate Change Bill
Bishop Thomas Wenski, June 2, 2008

Joint Letters to Senate and House in Support of FY2008 New Funding for the National Children's Study
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, May 8, 2007

Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Global Climate Change
Bishop Thomas Wenski, February 7, 2007

Joint Letters to Senate and House in Support of New Funding for the Continuation National Children's Study
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, January 8, 2007

Letter to Senators McCain and Leiberman on Global Climate Change
Bishop Thomas Wenski, October 6, 2006

Letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Global Climate Change
Bishop Thomas Wenski, March 13, 2006

Letter to EPA on Proposed Final Rule on Testing of Pesticides on Humans
December 12, 2005

Letter to Conferees on Human Testing of Pesticides
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, July 12, 2005

Letter to Senate on Climate Change
Bishop John H. Ricard, June 16, 2005

Letter to the House of Representatives in Support of Environmental Justice and Sewage Treatment Amendments
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, May 19, 2005

Letter to EPA on Mercury Emissions
Mr. John L. Carr, June 29, 2004

Letter to Congressman Ralph Regula on National Children's Health Study
April 27, 2004

Letter to Senator Arlen Specter on National Children's Health Study
April 27, 2004

Letter to EPA on Testing of Pesticides on Humans
Mr. John L. Carr, September 10, 2003

A Joint Letter from USCCB and CHA to Senator Collins on Mercury Reduction Act of 2003
May 15, 2003  

CST 101: Care for Creation

CST 101: Care for Creation

CST 101 is a 7-part video series by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. In this video, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, discuss Care for God's Creation

Environment Resources

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) is 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.

Educational and Parish Resources

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 WeAreSaltAndLight.org 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.

ToGoForth.org Blog Posts on Laudato Si'

Stories on Caring for Creation from WeAreSaltAndLight.org

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 Educationoolkit for Mission Integration

Climate Change Statement

Global Climate Changelea 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

Vatican Releases Video on Pope's Encyclical

Vatican Releases Video on Pope's Encyclical

Using scenes from nature and quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si´”, this video inspires individuals, congregations and communities to reflect on the need to care for our common home—Earth.