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Pope Francis on Prayer for Creation Day: Caring for the environment is an ‘act of love’

Jun 27, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Spirit “guides us and calls us to conversion,” Francis said, “to a change in lifestyle in order to ... Read more

Solar panels on the affordable housing Bishop Valero Residence in Astoria, Queens.

‘Love of neighbor at a global scale’: Dioceses launch faith-driven environmental programs

May 6, 2024

By Daniel Payne

As part of the Pope Francis-led effort to make ecological care a priority for the global Church, dioceses across the... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023.

Pope Francis issues new call for dramatic climate change measures

Oct 4, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The pope wrote that the effects of climate change “are here and increasingly evident.” Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Laudato Si' video message May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis to release second Laudato Si’ on Oct. 4

Aug 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope’s follow-up environmental document will be released on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Read more

Killorglin Parish, Co. Kerry, Biodiversity Garden, September 2022.

Ireland’s bishops decide to return 30% of Church grounds to nature by 2030

Aug 27, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The Church in Ireland is implementing the encyclical Laudato Si’ by setting a goal for all dioceses and parishes: Make... Read more

Pope Francis reads his message broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Oct. 29, 2021.

In BBC message, Pope Francis says UN climate summit must offer ‘effective responses’ to ecological crisis

Oct 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the first time Pope Francis has recorded a special message for the BBC Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to be ‘more courageous’ in tackling crisis exposed by COVID-19

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘We cannot resign ourselves and sit back and watch,’ he said. Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, and UNESCO’s Audrey Azoulay at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University, Oct. 7, 2021.

Pope Francis launches ecology degree course at pontifical university

Oct 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The course was created with the Ecumenical Patriarch’s cooperation. Read more

Pope Francis sends a video message to participants in Youth4Climate event in Milan, Italy, Sept. 29, 2021.

Pope Francis to young climate activists: ‘Technical and political solutions are not enough’

Sep 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope sent a video message to the Youth4Climate event in Milan, Italy. Read more

Archbishop Dermot Farrell prays in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.

Dublin’s archbishop urges Catholics to tackle ‘climate catastrophe’ in 64-page pastoral letter

Sep 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘We are at a critical moment,’ writes Archbishop Dermot Farrell. Read more

Pope Francis: Ecosystem degradation ‘a clear outcome of economic dysfunction’

Jun 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope issued a message marking the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Read more

Love for neighbor includes care for the planet, Vatican official says

Sep 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Taking care of the planet is ultimately about justice for the poor and about loving one’s neighbor as one’s self,... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, speaks at a press conference on Laudato si' at the Vatican, June 18, 2015.

At next world's fair, Vatican to promote 'energy for the common good'

Nov 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ahead of the next international exposition, to be held in Kazakhstan during the summer  of 2017, the Vatican  announced Wednesday... Read more

Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 22, 2014.

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

May 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east... Read more

Man and nature.

Pope Francis' writings on ecology could become encyclical

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

A statement released by the Vatican last Friday revealed that Pope Francis has begun to work on a text surrounding... Read more