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Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental destruction is ‘an offense against God’

Dec 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis canceled his scheduled trip to Dubai days before the climate summit at the request of his doctors. 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 meets Arouna Kandé, one of the subjects of the documentary “The Letter.”

Climate change documentary features Pope Francis

Oct 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis is featured in a documentary film on climate change and the environment that premiered at the Vatican on... Read more

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

Pope Francis launches 7-year Laudato si’ action plan

May 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis on May 29, 2019.

Pope Francis: We cannot remain silent as planet is plundered

Jun 5, 2020

Pope Francis said Friday that people should not remain silent as biodiversity is threatened by destruction and exploitation in a... Read more

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Meet the monks who decided to go green years before Laudato Si

Nov 29, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Years before Pope Francis’ recent ecology encyclical was published, a Trappist monastery in Virginia went back to its spiritual roots... Read more

A crowd in New York City.

Scientists call for 'gradually reduced' population to fight climate change

Nov 5, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A letter warning of a “climate emergency” signed by more than 11,000 scientists calls for a “gradual reduction” in the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis announces ‘global village’ alliance for education, environment

Sep 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis announced Thursday his newest initiative to form an international and interreligious alliance, which he described as “global village”... Read more

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Do not act with tyranny towards God's creation, Pope Francis says

Sep 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a message for Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to make simple... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Center for Pollinators in Energy.

Catholic groups installing 5,000 solar panels in DC

Jul 23, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic organizations are installing 5,000 solar panels in a five-acre space in Washington, D.C., in what will become the largest... Read more

Pope Francis greets a member of the International Conference of the Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice Foundation.

Pope Francis: The world needs an ecological ‘conversion’

Jun 8, 2019

The world needs an ecological “conversion” in order to manifest the Church’s vision of an integral human ecology, Pope Francis... Read more

 Long pipes in refinery during sunset.

Religious order petitions Supreme Court over gas pipeline

Nov 30, 2018

An order of religious sisters in Pennsylvania has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the drilling of a government-sanctioned... Read more

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio speaks at a Vatican press conference Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican's former legal chief says canon law should include care of creation

Jul 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Church law should include care of creation, Vatican legal expert says  Read more

Pope Francis addresses a conference on Laudato Si, July 6, 2018.

The world needs a change of heart on environmental issues, pope says

Jul 6, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Christians have an important role to play in helping people have a change of heart and mind regarding responsible protection... Read more

Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Leronymos look at the sea from Lesbos on April 16, 2016.

Pope, Patriarch: Care for creation includes respect for people

Sep 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew sent a joint message Friday for the World Day of Care for Creation, which says... Read more

Kids in a time of climate change – what's a Catholic to do?

Jul 17, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child.  Read more

Catholic leaders dismayed by Trump's exit from Paris climate agreement

Jun 1, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Catholic leaders around the world expressed disappointment as President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. was pulling out of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday general audience Oct. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Square.

The Green Pope isn't who you think it is.

May 3, 2017

By Mary Farrow

There once was a Pope called “The Green Pope.”  Read more

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Archbishop: Care for creation and human life aren’t opposed – they go together

Feb 22, 2017

Both Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi provide the right perspective on caring for creation in a way that... Read more

For US bishops, new environmental plan a step in the right direction

Nov 8, 2016

A new action agenda from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has drawn praise from the U.S. bishops as a step... Read more