Posts Tagged ‘Laudato Si’

Pope’s choice: honour Paris Accord or inherit rubble, refuse, deserts Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Governments should honour the commitments they made at the 2015 Paris climate conference to curb climate change, Pope Francis said last week. Francis was speaking at an International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” on the third anniversary of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be). Delegates included Read more

Pacific voices heard at Vatican Climate Change Conference Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

New Zealanders and people from Pacific Island nations were among representatives from all over the world attending the International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” at the Vatican July 5-6 to commemorate Pope Francis’s encyclical on the Care of Creation. The conference was attended by faith leaders, youth activists, Read more

Pope addresses world oil exec’s on energy-pollution challenge Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Pope Francis told world oil executives meeting at a two-day conference at the Vatican that transiting to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions”. The two-day conference was a follow-up to Francis’s 2015 encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. The encyclical calls for an energy policy “aimed at averting disastrous climate changes that Read more

World-leading oil executives meeting at Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

World-leading oil company executives will be attending a conference at the Vatican on Friday and Saturday this week. The executives are from companies such as Exxon Mobil, Eni, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Pemex. The executives have been invited to the “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home” conference because the oil and gas Read more

Support for ecological and moral emergency sought Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

The ecological and moral emergency of climate change needs urgent help.  A call to action to address the emergency while there “is still time” has been issued. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, as well as other faith leaders and scientists, made a press statement about the emergency last week. They timed their statement to go Read more

Catholics and Orthodox collaborating on caring for creation Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The heads of the Catholic and Orthodox churches will publish a joint message later today about caring for creation. Pope Francis says he and “our dear brother Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople” prepared the message together to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Francis says their message invites everyone to Read more

Pope turns off Vatican fountains Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fountains are unusually quiet at present. That’s because Pope Francis has had them turned off  to show solidarity and conserve water during the drought affecting much of Italy. Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si denounces wasteful practices and highlights the importance of clean drinking water. The prolonged drought has hit two-thirds of farmland and has Read more

Religious groups and Trump’s climate change Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Religious groups are reacting strongly to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The United States is now one of three nations – the others are Syria and Nicaragua – not committed to the voluntary restrictions outlined in the agreement. Many worry about the effect Trump’s Read more

Catholics agencies remove fossil fuels from investment portfolios Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Numerous Catholic organisations are divesting fossil fuels from their share portfolios. They want to show the world it is not okay to keep polluting the environment. As an example, nine Italian organisations divested from fossil fuel corporations in time to send a message to the G7 summit being held today and tomorrow in Taormina, Sicily. Read more

Our common home really needs your help! Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” warns Pope Francis in his landmark environmental encyclical Laudato Si (“On Care for Our Common Home”). Indeed, the scientific consensus is very solid. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), “97 percent or more of Read more