Pope Francis addressed the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015. It was the fifth time that a Pope had addressed the United nations. The full text of his speech can be read here. Pope Francis congratulated the UN on its 70th anniversary, praised its work for peace and cooperation,… Read More »Pope Francis Addresses the UN General Assembly
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Catholic Social Teaching Quotes on the Environment
Learn about Catholic Social Teaching on the environment, care for creation, and integral ecology. Follow the links for the full text of documents and use the questions for reflection and discussion.
Pope Francis has taken up a suggestion from the Orthodox Church and announced that the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be celebrated in the Catholic Church on 1 September – as it has been in the Orthodox Church for some time. From 1 September 2015,… Read More »World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Announced
For Pope Francis, the ecological crisis is not separate from the struggle for justice, peace and quality of life for human beings. To address the crisis we must remember that we too are God’s creatures, part of God’s creation, and intimately linked to every part of it, even through the… Read More »We are Dust of the Earth
Pope Francis sees violence against creation as a reflection of human sinfulness. What are some of the ways in which our sinfulness can harm or cause sickness in the rest of creation? Do you think of your attitude towards creation as violent? In one of many references to the heart,… Read More »Violence Against Creation
Pope Francis links the ecological crisis and forced displacement, pointing out that those forcibly displaced by environmental degradation and climate change are not protected by international humanitarian law. Environmental refugees are a new category of refugees who are not effectively assisted by the international community. Who are the… Read More »Environmental Refugees
What does the integrity of human life mean to you? How do ‘great values’ come together in your life and commitments? Could they be more integrated?