Cardinal-designate McElroy has long commitment to Laudato Si’, environment

By Brian Roewe
August 25, 2022

When Pope Francis presents Bishop Robert McElroy with his red hat on Saturday, Aug. 27, officially making him a cardinal in the Catholic Church, he will elevate one of the top supporters of the themes of his pontificate in the U.S., including on environmental issues and the message of the pope's landmark encyclical “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.”

Appointed bishop of San Diego two months before Francis issued in June 2015 the first papal teaching document dedicated to ecological concerns, McElroy has been among the most outspoken in addressing climate change and environmental justice, but also transforming the encyclical's words into actions.

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