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Catholics Confront Global Poverty calls on Catholics to defend the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world by protecting creation.


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The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40) 

The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.

The program's distinctively Catholic foundation lies in Pope John Paul II’s 1990 World Day of Peace Message and the Catholic bishops’ pastoral statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth.

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The cover for the USCCB publication of Laudato Si: On Care For 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 here.

Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español - This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.

Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español - This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis' call.

Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si') | en Español

Capitol Hill Briefing on Encyclical Letter Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home Blog Posts on Laudato Si'

Quotes from Church Teaching on Ecology

Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action | en Español
In parishes, diocese and other Catholic organizations, we encourage efforts to bring about discussion on issues affecting the environment (climate change, consumption, pollution, stewardship of the land) that is civil and constructive, that invokes the virtue of prudence in seeking solutions, and that is more responsive to the needs of the poor, both here in the United States and abroad.

Below are individual resources from Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action

Catholic Climate Covenant
The Catholic Climate Covenant has resources, stories, opportunities for action, the St. Francis Pledge, teachings on climate change, and a sign-on thank you letter to Pope Francis in English and Spanish.

Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology
Ahead of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church's role in promoting the stewardship of creation. (Catholic News Service video)

Catholic Relief Services
CRS has developed a webpage on Pope Francis and care for God's creation. The page includes stories of how our brothers and sisters overseas are impacted by climate change.

Natural Resource Use
Take a moment now to learn how resource use impacts poverty. Protect families, improve lives and serve God's creation.


Climate Change

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good
The bishops seek to contribute to a national dialogue on climate change by applying the wisdom of Catholic social teaching. The bishops also urge prudent action now on climate change to mitigate its effects on the poor and vulnerable. Read their statement.

Background on Global Climate Change
The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship
Reflection by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, October 20, 2014


Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Environmental Justice

Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD as invested more than $3.2 million and partnered with over 70 community-based organizations and 36 dioceses in 25 states to support environmental justice.

Stories of Hope
See the CCHD-funded groups working for environmental justice.

CCHD Supports Major Environmental Justice Initiatives

CCHD Groups are Advocating for Environmental Justice



Letter to Congress Regarding Protecting Creation and Carbon Pollution Standards
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 24, 2015

Oral Testimony at EPA Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards
Cecilia Calvo on behalf of Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 30, 2014

Comments to EPA on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plantsen Español
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 30, 2014

Letter to EPA Administrator on Carbon Pollution Standards en Español
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 29, 2014

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 30, 2014



For older letters, documents, articles, etc., please see the Environment archives.

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