Learn more about the Catholic Climate Covenant
Throughout the year we Notre Dame Sisters will be posting tips for ecological and climate change on our Facebook page. Below is some history as to how this became a priority to Catholic religious and caring people everywhere.
In 2006, to address growing ecological awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology within the US Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) helped form Catholic Climate Covenant.
The Catholic Climate Covenant is a group grounded in the Church’s deep history of teaching on creation, ecology, and the poor. Caring for creation and caring for the poor have been a part of the Catholic story since the beginning, but in recent years St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and especially Pope Francis have added a sense of urgency to their call for Catholics to act on climate change. The US Bishops themselves having been calling for action since 1981.
Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ : On Care for Our Common Home was published in 2015. Learn more about it in a video below from Fr. James Martin, SJ.