Bishops' conferences from Brazil, Indonesia and Ireland are announcing their intent to divest from fossil fuel companies, in keeping with the spirit of Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical, which was released five years ago.
Five years ago, Pope Francis raised consciousness about caring for our common home, writes Mark Graham. Now the Vatican must prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.
Ever since the introduction of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', five years ago, more and more dioceses are heeding his message about caring for the environment.
Last November, 85.8 percent of voting students—2,438 in total—supported a nonbinding referendum that urged university trustees to sell off the then-10.6 percent of the university endowment that was invested in fossil fuel corporations by 2025.
The project is poised to utilize the energy of young Catholics, many of whom are deeply concerned about the threats that climate change poses to the planet and, by extension, to human dignity.