In an Encyclical titled "Laudato, Si," taken from a canticle composed by St. Francis of Assissi, Pope Francis issued an urgent "... appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."
The Pope's writing builds on a long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to offer spiritual and moral guidance on the dialogue he is calling on people of good will to enter into, so as to help promote the common good. It is that tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that has also helped produce local efforts, such as the Columbia River Pastoral Letter, by the Pacific Northwest Bishops, released in 2001.
Click here to open the Encyclical Laudato Si (English)
Click here to open the Encyclical at the Vatican (Spanish)
Click here to open the Columbia River Pastor (English) (Spanish)
Our partners at Catholic Relief Services also have a Web page dedicated to resources on the environment and climate change. Click here to view.
(Photo shows Pope Francis venerating an image of Saint Francis of Assissi embracing a leper. In his Encyclical, the Holy Father particularly notes a concern for the poor in urging a dialogue on the environmental challenges facing the world.)