The Church Teaches That Creation Is a Gift ...

Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God

Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God
-Pope Francis

The Church teaches that creation is a gift from God, and that we show respect for our Creator by taking care of the environment. We also care for creation because of the relationship between the environment and our well-being, a relationship known as human ecology. Building on a long tradition of Church teaching, Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si or Praised Be explores our unique relationship with the earth, the devastating impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable, and our responsibility to protect the earth and each other.

Catholic Relief Services is witnessing first-hand the effects of environmental degradation and climate change on poor and vulnerable people around the world. Today, developing nations are prone to major devastation as a result of climate-related disasters. Homes, livelihoods, crops, livestock and human lives are being destroyed in the wake of storms and floods. Severe hunger and disease often follow these disasters at a slower but just as deadly pace. CRS works to help the poor become more resilient to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

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I join our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his urgent appeal for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”
By joining Catholics Confront Global Poverty I am taking the first step to join that conversation, through prayer, reflection and action in support of care for all of God’s creation and especially to protect poor and vulnerable people from the devastating effects of global climate change.

 

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