Pope Francis visits the Philippines.

Caring for Creation

In June of 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si’his long-awaited encyclical on “human ecology,” or the interrelated relationship between humans and the environment. Catholic Relief Services, through our work overseas, witnesses this relationship as it affects the poorest and most vulnerable people. We encourage communities of faith to take the Catholic Climate Covenant’s St. Francis Pledge to care for creation and the poor. We also have a number of resources about our how our faith invites us to care for creation and how the environment impacts the poor.

Background information


Lesson plans and activities

Photos and video

  • A photo library with downloadable images that feature the effects of climate change on people around the world
  • Videos for elementary and high school students that explain Laudato Si'
  • A video on the Catholic social teaching principle Care for God's Creation.             

Other resources

For stories and additional resources, visit CRS’ climate change page.