Polish bishops encourage 10,000 parishes to pray for climate
Poland is both 95% Catholic and one of Europe’s most coal-polluted nations. In the run-up to COP24, the Episcopal Conference of Poland, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promotion of Integral Human Development, Caritas Poland and Global Catholic Climate Movement united in a project to encourage all 10,000 Polish parishes to pray for the negotiations.
The Polish bishops sent a letter to every pastor in Poland, encouraging them to pray with their communities. The request was reinforced with the delivery of 2 million prayer cards, with an invitation for parishes to use them during mass on the two Sundays of the COP.
This collaboration is unprecedented in Poland. It sends a strong signal that the Church sees climate change as a top priority, and that grassroots Catholics should follow suit.