Catholic Social Teaching calls us to care for and protect all of God's creation—both people and the planet.
"The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains–everything is, as it were, a caress of God."—Pope Francis, Laudato Si'
"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."—USCCB
Click the button below to read more about the Church's mission and identity as it relates to environmental questions.
In this encyclical, Pope Francis urges all people to reflection, dialogue and solidarity in the gospel call to care for our common home, "…so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
In Laudato Si'—also known as "On Care of the Common Home"—we hear Christ’s call to a sacred web of right relationship: with our Triune God, with our own human nature, with one another, with our global neighbors facing poverty and exclusion, with local growers/farmers and farmworkers, and with all of creation.
Click the button below to learn more about Laudato Si', discover resources and stay up to date on Social Action Office environmental justice initiatives.
|Pope Francis Encyclical Letter Laudato Si 2015||View|
Ohio Catholic Rural Life Care for Creation Calendar
Earth as our Home booklet
|USCCB JPHD Laudato Si Bulletin Insert||View|
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