WHAT A WEEK: For Our Common Home
It's been a tremendously exciting week here at the Covenant. Our staff read Pope Francis's encyclical at home in the wee hours of the morning, and we were texting each other all the way through with exclamations of joy and surprise. I've got to tell you that there has never been a document read at 5:00 in the morning that moved me like this one did.
As I read Laudato Si’, I was deeply touched by the clear and compelling case Pope Francis made that our relationships with God, with one another, and with the planet are not as they should be—not by a long shot. The result is that We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. The encyclical is a call to recovery. When we think about our place in this created world, Pope Francis says, we must hear "both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."
In the weeks and months ahead, you can count on the Covenant to help explore the deeper meanings of this encyclical. In the meantime, let’s just simply say…
THANK YOU, POPE FRANCIS!
Next week, I will travel to the Vatican to discuss Laudato Si’. We're asking for your help. Sign a letter of support to Pope Francis and share the link with friends. I will give your message to His Holiness. Please share far and wide--because there is a myth in the media that Catholics don't support Pope Francis or climate action, a strong show of unity matters.
Put your name in Pope Francis’s hands. Thanks for spreading the word.
Many of you are taking action in your parishes and in your communities. We recently asked you to share stories of your successes. Here is just a sampling:
We are enormously proud and grateful to be part of a community like this one. Keep up the good work, everyone.
We'd like to extend a special welcome to the supporters who have joined us over the past week. It's wonderful to have you as part of our community.
Over the coming months, you'll receive updates on Catholics leading the charge for climate solutions and resources to put your faith into action. If you have any questions or would like to chat, please feel free to contact us here.
In the past few weeks, the Catholic Climate Covenant has been mentioned in more than 50 news stories, in outlets that include the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, Fox News, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera America, and National Catholic Reporter. Among them:
• Associate Director Lonnie Ellis on PBS.
• Project Manager Dan DiLeo in the National Catholic Reporter.
Additionally, several Catholic experts have provided extended encyclical coverage:
• Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on Fox News Sunday
• St. Elizabeth College theologian Erin Lothes on Yahoo! News with Katie Couric
• Fordham University theologian Christiana Peppard on WNYC
The Catholic Climate Covenant has produced several FREE resources to help your parish implement and act on Laudato Si’:
• A video with Cardinal Rodriguez and encyclical quotes arranged by topic are available here.
These resources are provided free of charge as part of our service to the Catholic community.