Laudato Si'

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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


Read some of the reactions to the pope’s ‘heartfelt appeal’ on climate change

Oct 5, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the environment and the threat of climate change was met with praise both by Catholic... 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 meets with Latin American university rectors on Sept. 21, 2023, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ next environmental document to be called ‘Laudate Deum’

Sep 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ new document on the environment will be, he said, “a look at what has happened and say what... 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


Jesuit university divests from fossil fuels after a six-year process

Aug 10, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Jesuit-run Seattle University said last month that it had fully “scrubbed its endowment portfolio of fossil fuel investments.” Read more

A forest fire rages on the Greek island of Corfu on July 24, 2023.

Pope Francis telegrams Greece and Italy to express concerns about wildfires and storms

Jul 31, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Recent wildfires devastated large parts of Greece and left several people dead while storms in Italy damaged buildings and caused... Read more

Pope Francis meets with John Kerry, U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, on June 19, 2023, in what was Kerry’s fourth official private meeting with the pope.

John Kerry meets Pope Francis at the Vatican for a fourth time

Jun 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry at the Vatican on Monday. Read more

Cardinal Michael Czerny.

Catholic universities should do more to respond to environmental issues, Vatican cardinal says

Mar 13, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Cardinal Michael Czerny called for universities to provide a “concrete, visionary, and courageous response” to the problem of environmental destruction.  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' video message to TED Countdown posted Oct. 10, 2020.

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

Oct 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

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

Pope to UN summit: Climate change linked to ethical decline

Sep 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 17, 2019

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

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California bishops call Catholics to 'ecological spirituality'

Jun 19, 2019

On the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’, the bishops of California challenged the community to grow in an “ecological conversion”... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a baby girl during his trip to Fatima May 12-13, 2017.

Pope: Caring for creation means caring for your brother and sister

Jul 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday sent a message to an international congress on care for our common home in the context... Read more

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

Feb 20, 2017

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

St. Peter's Basilica as seen from the Vatican Gardens.

Vatican goes green, amps up recycling efforts

Nov 15, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A year after Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment, Laudato si', the Vatican has stepped up its efforts... Read more

Pope Francis declares care for creation a new work of mercy

Sep 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care... Read more

Pope Francis meets President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Vatican, May 28, 2016.

Pope Francis meets with Singapore's president at the Vatican

May 28, 2016

On Saturday, Pope Francis met with the president of the Republic of Singapore, marking 35 years of diplomatic relations between... Read more