Climate Change

Sr. Margaret Ormond Applauds New Encyclical “Praised Be” on Climate Change

Climate ChangeOn June 18, Pope Francis published his much-anticipated encyclical on the challenges of climate change. The first encyclical of his papacy is called “Laudato Si'” (“Praised Be”), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures.”

Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, former Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, said, “We welcome this letter and believe that care of the earth is a critical challenge of our day and is in keeping with our own Chapter Commitments on the global impact of climate change. We are anxious to study the message of Pope Francis in detail.”

Ahead of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church’s role in promoting the stewardship of creation. Here are a number of resources to help you understand the message of the encyclical, along with the actual text of the encyclical itself.

Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis “Praised Be,” On Care of our Common Home” (PDF)

Ten Things You Need to Know About the Encyclical on Climate Change – YouTube video from America Media

Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology – YouTube video from Catholic News Service) explores why Catholics are concerned about the Environment.

Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint? Catholic Climate Covenant video explores the impact of climate change on the poor.

America Magazine resources on the Church’s position on the environment in recent years.

Additional Resources – Eco-Justice

As part of our congregation’s Chapter Commitments, the Dominican Sisters of Peace “advocate policies that reduce the impact of global climate change.” To view additional resources surrounding this topic and eco-justice in general, click here. We are grateful to the Sisters and Associates who put a great deal of work into creating these resources.