Climate Summit in Krakow

October 24, 2018

Ahead of this year’s UN climate talks, to be held in Poland in December, Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Pontifical University of John Paul II convened an international conference on Catholic teaching and climate change in Krakow.

The conference was held October 19 and 20 and followed St. Francis Sunday, a groundbreaking day of national action that was coordinated by Global Catholic Climate Movement and Caritas Poland.


Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, right hand of St. John Paul II, opens the conference. Credit: Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II w Krakowie

Titled “Creatio continua: theology, oikonomy and science,” the conference brought together top-level leaders from diverse fields.These included:

  • Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. a friend and close collaborator of St. John Paul II
  • Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, coordinator of the Vatican’s Ecology and Creation section in the Dicastery of Integral Human Development, which is most directly charged with implementation of Laudato Si’
  • Economist Luigino Bruni
  • Theologian John Milbank
  • Lord Glasman, Member of Parliament (UK)
  • Professor Karol Tarnowski

Vatican’s Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam

The conference explored the full impact of the ecological crisis and how the Church is leading a response to it. All aspects of the crisis, from its roots in spiritual poverty to its flowering in climate change, pollution, and scarcity were investigated. The conference identified ways the Church’s leadership is especially valuable, from St. John Paul II and Pope Francis calling for ecological conversion to parishes and communities around the world responding to this call in their daily lives.

Conference attendees

The conference concluded on Sunday, with Holy Mass said in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam.

Holy Mass in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki. Credit: GCCM

The conference was covered widely, including by Opoka, the news outlet of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, and Kai, the Polish Catholic news agency.