Environment

Ducks swim past plastic bottles and other debris floating on the Tiber River in Rome July 28, 2019. In his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis said that "the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 18, 2020
The text seeks “to relaunch the rich contents” of an encyclical still relevant today and even more so in the light of a world hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gerard O’Connell June 05, 2020
Pope Francis: “The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick.”
Organizations such as Catholic Relief Services face complications in helping the communities because of the ongoing pandemic restrictions set by local governments.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Nathan Beacom May 28, 2020
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.
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.
The temporary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the coronavirus pandemic is only a postponement of the inevitable. (iStock/baona)
Mark Graham May 18, 2020
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.