Laudato Si'

Water from the melting Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps runs down through a hole in 2015. While everyone has a role and responsibility to help safeguard the planet, all governments must uphold commitments agreed upon in the Paris Accord on reducing climate change, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)
Without concerted and immediate efforts toward sustainable development, "There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse," Pope Francis said on July 6.
Pope Francis meets with energy executives in Rome. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media.
Gerard O’Connell June 09, 2018
Pope Francis said the challenge is “to find ways of ensuring the immense supply of energy required to meet the needs of all, while developing means of using natural resources that avoid creating environmental imbalances.”
An indigenous community members attends Pope Francis' meeting with people of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on Jan. 19. A Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region in 2019 will address pastoral needs of a region with few priests for the number of Catholics. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 08, 2018
The preparatory document for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region invites input from the local churches in the nine countries of the Amazonian region.
The project created a natural infrastructure to reduce pollutants in water runoff.
The Indian Creek area of Bears Ears National Monument (iStock/Adventure_Photo)
Nathan Beacom May 04, 2018
Preserving wilderness areas is a way to preserve the idea of the sacred. But the Trump administration is seeking a huge reduction in protected land.
Catherine Cortez Masto November 30, 2017
From the Old Testament to Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si’,” Catholicism has recognized and treasured mankind’s intimate relationship with the earth and all the life that calls it home.