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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Resources to Accompany the Release of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si
The Church teaches that creation is a gift from God, and that we show respect for our Creator by taking care of the environment. We also care for creation because of the relationship between the environment and our well-being, a relationship known as human ecology. Building on a long tradition of Church teaching, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si or Praised Be explores our unique relationship with the earth, the devastating impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable, and our responsibility to protect the earth and each other.
To coincide with the release of the encyclical, CRS offers a comprehensive list of resources for various settings. Learn how CRS works to help the poor become more resilient to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. Additional resources on climate change can be found at the CRS Resource Center.
Resources for Schools and Parish Youth Ministries
Caring for Creation, Caring for the Poor: This resource from National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry provides tools for teaching the young church that care for creation is also care for the poor. The guide provides a practical small-group planning and training process resulting in a parish/school-wide learning experience that focuses on climate change and the role of Catholics to care for all of creation. A number of case studies from CRS are featured throughout.
Friending Planet Earth: Developed by the Center for Ministry Development and the Catholic Climate Covenant, this resource helps youth understand what solidarity & sustainability look like in the face of climate change
These activities are taken from Food Fast, CRS’ 24-hour retreat for youth.
- A Faith Perspective on Climate Change
- Moving toward Food Security Game
- Seeing the Big Picture of Climate Change & Food Security
CRS Climate Change Banners: Download these 11”x14” banners as a tool for exploring the impact of climate change and related environmental concerns on people around the world.
Fr. James Martin and America Magazine provide an excellent summary of the encyclical in a video that would help young people understand the significance of this document.
Resources from the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
- Bulletin Insert: “Praise Be to You, My Lord” – overviews important themes in the encyclical and includes suggestions for prayer and action.
- Discussion Guide on Laudato Si’ – for use in a small group setting, delves more deeply into main themes of Laudato Si’.
- Blog Post: Pope Francis’ New Encyclical—this post on JPHD’s ToGoForth.org blog is the first of several posts on Laudato Si’ during the next several weeks.
- Caring for God’s Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action – includes resources for preaching and teaching about care for God’s creation.
- Press Release – includes USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz’s “Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’”
- Children’s books by USCCB, in collaboration with Loyola Press, on caring for God’s creation
- USCCB Environment page—contains additional resources, including backgrounders and links to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ statements on environmental concerns.