Laudato Si

April 23, 2018

Cardinal Peter Turkson gave a bonus talk at the St. Louis Climate Summit, which is hosted by St. Louis University as a way to advance the Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si'." In both talks, the cardinal referred to the need to respect creation.


October 26, 2017

Centuries ago, a man was stalking a magnificent stag in the woods, skipping out on Good Friday prayer. The stag stopped and looked right at the hunter — the sort of moment that gets our blood pumping and our limbs shaking. Some call it buck fever. For Hubertus, it was a...

June 08, 2017

Don't be discouraged.

President Donald J. Trump's announcement June 1 that the United States will not honor the Paris agreement on climate doesn't change on our obligation to take care of the earth.

The United States and China, the two largest carbon...

A light show illuminated the facade and dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 8. The show was sponsored by a coalition of production companies and charitable foundations with the intent to raise awareness about climate change.
December 10, 2015

PARIS — Thandiwe Chidararume, who farms sweet potatoes, nuts and corn in Zimbabwe, traveled nearly 5,000 miles to be in Paris for the U.N. climate change conference. She wanted to tell negotiators there of the problems she and thousands of other Zimbabwean farmers face...

December 02, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and "transformative" agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference in Paris.

Pope Francis has said "it would be...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
September 09, 2015

In June, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on the environment. I'd like to offer reflections on it.

The title of the letter -- "Laudato Si'" -- is taken from a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi. He's the patron saint not only of Pope Francis' pontificate...

At a prayer service to mark World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.
September 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.

At an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of...

Teak Phillips |
More than 30 species of native grasses and flowers were planted in 22 acres of the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary grounds in Shrewsbury. Common in the area are yellow and purple coneflowers, black-eyed susan, and wild begamot.
July 29, 2015
July 22, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- After decades of world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, city mayors gathered at the Vatican to pledge they will take real action and lead the fight on their streets.

Pope Francis told the mayors that...

Jim Struckel, a Cure of Ars parishioner, has solar panels on his roof and owns an electric car, which he charged at Missouri Botanical Garden’s charging station. He said that more world leaders need to promote caring for our earth, as Pope Francis did in the encyclical, ‘Laudato Si.’
July 08, 2015

Jim Struckel sat in his car -- a sharp-looking compact four-door with an aerodynamic design -- in the shade on the Missouri Botanical Garden's parking lot while reading the daily newspaper.

A closer look showed that his car was hooked up to one of the garden's...

July 08, 2015

Pope Francis' new encyclical "Laudato Si:' On Care for Our Common Home" is addressed to "every person living on this planet."

That means you. And, come to think of it, the encyclical also would apply to the astronauts living in the International Space Station,...

In keeping with Pope Francis’ encyclical, many Catholics have responded to his challenge, ensuring that their churches and homes have a source of clean and sustainable energy. St. Vincent de Paul Parish in St. Louis installed solar panels in February 2014, and since then has primarily run off the energy provided by the panels. George Dennis, the building manager at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in St. Louis, has been at the church for eight years and has pushed for the parish to go green.
July 08, 2015

St. Vincent de Paul Church just south of Downtown St. Louis -- the third-oldest Catholic church in the City of St. Louis, constructed in 1844 -- is among the most modern in terms of energy conservation.

Solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and more are part...

Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, spoke at a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment at the Vatican June 18. Also pictured are Orthodox Metropolitan John of Pergamon and Cardinal Peter Turk son, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' encyclical letter on creation has come at a crucial time as increasing disregard for life and the environment requires immediate attention and action, said speakers at a Vatican news conference.

There is "food for thought" for...

The English edition of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is pictured during a news conference at the Vatican June 18. The encyclical is titled, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." At left is Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."

All who believe in...

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed media at the National Press Club in Washington June 18 about the U.S. perspective on Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.
June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis speaks with a pastor's voice and with deep respect for science in calling the world to address threats to all life on earth through environmental degradation and a the mindset of a "throwaway culture" in his encyclical, said the president of...

June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion.

He points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way...

June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colorful terms to get his points across, for example, using "bat Christians" to describe those who hide their faith.

While the new phrases he uses in his ecology encyclical are not as punchy,...

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Long before Pope Francis' encyclical on care for creation was released, it was providing a boost for a group of women struggling to keep the negative influences of modern-day life from erasing valued Mexican traditions and treasured cultural practices along...

June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The following are selected quotes from Pope Francis' encyclical letter, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home":

• The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. (n. 21)

• Because of us, thousands...

June 17, 2015

ROME -- "Laudato Si'," the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St. Francis of Assisi that emphasizes being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan...

 Bishop Oscar Cantu gave a presentation discussing themes associated with the upcoming papal encyclical on human ecology and the environment. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis.
June 11, 2015

ST. LOUIS -- A week before the anticipated release of Pope Francis' encyclical on human ecology and the environment, the U.S. bishops were urged to help Catholics hear and understand it.

Pope Francis will challenge the assumptions of "both the left and the right"...

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis. They gathered for Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the USCCB.
June 11, 2015

ST. LOUIS-- The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. Church's ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting...

June 10, 2015

Botanist and leading advocate of conservation and biodiversity Peter Raven views climate changes as unfairly burdening the poor, who will see their farmland decrease and energy costs increase.

"If you're rich, you can move to higher ground, pay more money for food...

An example of the sustainable and chemical-free care promoted by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help is the pond on their property. The sisters introduced grass-eating carp and reduced fertilizer use, and have brought the pond’s algae levels under control in just one year. Sister Elizabeth Ann Hall, Sister Joann Nowak, Sister Pat Paczosa and Maurice Lange, director of Eco-Justice, obvserved the progress.
June 10, 2015

Maurice Lange reached down to check the soil in the garden at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help 40-acre property in DeSoto.

Clearly all is well, as the soil held healthy rows of green plants soon to bring a bountiful harvest of potatoes, peas, squash,...