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Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states.

Religious leaders, scientists to convene at Vatican ahead of climate summit

“Faith and Science: Towards COP26” will take place Oct. 4 at the Vatican Read more

Pope Francis delivers Laudato si' video message May 24, 2021

Pope Francis launches 7-year Laudato si’ action plan

The Laudato si’ Action Platform will focus on seven sectors: families, parishes, schools, hospitals, businesses, organizations, and religious orders. Read more

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis and John Kerry meet at the Vatican

U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy is in Europe ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference. Read more

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican's Hall of Blessing Feb. 8, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis tells diplomats 'right to life' is a foundational human right

Pope Francis told diplomats at the Vatican Monday that it is “painful” for him to see more countries move away... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin's video message to Climate Adaptation Summit Jan. 25, 2021. YouTube Screenshot.

Vatican Secretary of State calls for synergy in fight against poverty and climate change

The Vatican Secretary of State has called for a new model of development built on “the synergistic bond” between the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the general audience address in the Apostolic Library Nov. 25, 2020.

Vatican committed to net zero emissions by 2050, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis urged Saturday the adoption of a "climate of care," and said the Vatican City State is committed to... Read more

Pope Francis' video message to TED Countdown posted Oct. 10, 2020.

Pope Francis calls for 'integral ecology' in TED Climate Countdown video

Pope Francis sent a video message to the TED Countdown summit on climate change Saturday explaining how a more “integral... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy. CNA file photo.

Bishop McElroy: Abortion and climate change both crucial, voters must be prudent

Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego made a speech Thursday that attempted to explain his criticism of the elevation... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomatic corps Jan. 8, 2018.

Pope Francis to diplomats: Polarization hurts the poor

In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to a crowd in St. Peter's Square.

Pope to UN summit: Climate change linked to ethical decline

In a video message Monday to the UN Climate Action Summit, Pope Francis stressed that climate change is linked to... Read more

Massachusetts bishops say action is urgently needed on climate change

The bishops of Massachusetts warned in a new pastoral letter that climate change has reached a crisis level and requires... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Families are a radical witness to hope in modern society, Archbishop Gomez says

The Christian family must become a “radical” sign against a climate of despair and isolation Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los... Read more

US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends 3rd Annual Women's Rally, January 19, 2019.

Should fears about climate come before kids?

Recent discussion of millennial concerns began after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested that younger people might not have children because... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

Holy See urges implementation of Paris Agreement

At a UN climate change summit in Poland Monday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin underlined the Holy See’s... Read more

Repeal of Clean Power Plan will hurt poor communities, Catholic leaders insist

After the Trump administration announced a repeal of emissions standards, Catholic leaders warned it could hurt poor communities and thwart... Read more

Increasing homelessness a worrisome trend for Archbishop Gomez

The Archbishop of Los Angeles has urged a prayerful and prudent response to a housing crisis in his city, relating... Read more

Ocean, mountains, flowers on a cliff.

A Catholic ecologist’s take on climate change, the Paris agreement

Catholics should know that the effects of climate change are already being felt in the U.S., said one Catholic ecologist... Read more

'It's a miracle': Woman survives devastating mudslide in Peru

Evangelina Chamorro was swept away for over a third of a mile by an avalanche of mud on the coast... Read more

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Overcome divisions to protect God's creation, bishops ask US government

The United States government has the opportunity to overcome political divisions and respond effectively to climate change, the nation's bishops... Read more