July 13, 2017
Pope Francis Endorses Campaign to Spread Laudato Si’ to 1 Million Catholics
Rome, Italy – Following the 2nd Anniversary of his historic environmental encyclical, Pope Francis endorsed the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign. Through the Pledge, the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least 1 million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si into action to take care of the planet.
The Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign also received support from high-level Church leaders from around the globe including Cardinal Turkson, Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Ribat, Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal Marx. It has also garnered the support of major environmental leaders including the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres and May Boeve, the Executive Director of 350.org (see list of endorsement quotes here). Pope Francis’ endorsement, added to those of other Catholic and environmental leaders, demonstrates the commitment to environmental justice from the highest levels of the Church.
Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, said, “We are grateful and inspired by Pope Francis’ endorsement of the Laudato Si’ Pledge. With 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, we have a critical role to play in tackling climate change and the wider ecological crisis. Pope Francis has already changed the discussion around climate change and this pledge is inviting us to put the Church’s teachings into action and answer the urgent call for strong political action and lifestyle change put forth in Laudato Si’.”
Last week, Philippine bishops attending the bi-annual plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), July 8-10, endorsed the Pledge (see picture of their pledges). This is on the coattails of the global launch of the Pledge that took place in Manila on June 17 (see blog of Pledge launch). Already thousands of Laudato Si Pledges have been collected at several dioceses across the Philippines.
The Pope’s endorsement continues the momentum of recent Catholic climate action: Pope Francis requested that Angela Merkel uplift the Paris climate accord during the G20 summit, several Catholic organizations recently divested from fossil fuels, GCCM joined other Christian groups calling on governments to take strong action before the G7 last month (statement here), and Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, joined other scientific, political and faith leaders in publishing a letter in Nature Magazine pushing the G20 to recognize the urgency of the climate crisis. After US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations are not merely waiting for political action, but taking bold action as individuals and organizations as well.
The Pledge, which calls on those who sign to answer the call of Laudato Si’ by praying with and for creation, living more simply, and advocating to protect our common home, is only one of the major actions the Global Catholic Climate Movement has planned. This fall, they will also be joining with other Christian denominations around the world in celebrating the Season of Creation between September 1 and October 4, with symbolic prayer events around the world, and strong calls for local climate action.
Picture of Pope Francis with Laudato Si promotional sign:
Image of Pope Francis with English Translation: LINK
Standalone Image of Pope Francis: LINK
Laudato Si Pledge website: www.LiveLaudatoSi.org
Blog post and pictures from Laudato Si Launch: LINK
About the Global Catholic Climate Movement: The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is an international network of Catholic organizations and individuals working to spread the message of Laudato Si’ and push Catholics to stand up for creation and the frontline communities most affected by the climate crisis. See more at CatholicClimateMovement.global
Media Contact: Christina Leano, Global Catholic Climate Movement,
Email: [email protected], Telephone: +1 786 459 5667
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