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Papal Statements related to the Environment

Pope Francis 
Laudato Si: On the Care of 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 on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

Read the encyclical | Buy a Copy (available in English and Spanish)

USCCB Resources on Environmental Stewardship

Catholic Climate Covenant Resources

Pope Francis Statements on the Environment

Pope Benedict XVI and Saint John Paul II Statements on the Environment


Catechism of the Catholic church

Catechism of the Catholic Church...The Ten Commandments: Article 7: The Seventh Commandment

United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Statements (USCCB)

Three Central Priorities regarding Global Climate Change

"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks to offer a constructive contribution to this timely and important national debate. We participate not as climate experts or as scientists, but rather as pastors and teachers who fear that the moral and human dimensions of these decisions will be overwhelmed by political, economic or ideological pressures. We ask you to take steps to address three major themes drawn from Catholic Social Teaching and our pastoral experience:

A Priority for the Poor: ...Poor families and children, vulnerable workers, and farmers will likely be most impacted by climate change and bear the greatest burdens as we address its causes and consequences. The poor have the fewest resources and capacity to escape the costs of climate change.

The Pursuit of the Common Good: ...The challenge of global climate change is a pre-eminent example of how our debate and decisions should reflect the pursuit of the common good, rather than the search for economic, political or other narrow advantage.

The Practice of Prudence: The traditional virtue of prudence suggests that we do not have to know with absolute certainty everything that is happening with climate change to know that something seriously harmful is occurring. Therefore, it is better to act now than wait until the problem gets worse and the remedies more costly."

U.S. Bishops’ international Policy Committee, Letter to Congressional Leaders, 2/07


Link to the USCCB Environmental Justice Program

Link to USCCB Resources on Catholic Social Teaching

Link to the National Catholic Rural Life Conference Resources on the Environment and Care for the Land


Responsible Stewardship of God's Creation and the Common God: Reflection by Tony Stieritz, Director Catholic Social Action, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 9/2012

Ten Commandments for the Environment, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

USCCB Pastoral Statement

USCCB Pastoral Statement: Renewing the Earth November 14, 1991

USCCB Statement

USCCBStatement: Global Climate Change A Plea for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good

Care for Creation Calendar

Calendar Identifies and honors patron saints of God's creation
Care for Creation Calendar is available for download       
Large Poster Size (24X36) is also available (free) by calling 614-224-7147
Basic Calendar (PDF)
Calendar with Interactive Links (PDF)
Calendar with QR Code (PDF)