Press Release: Citing St. Francis as an Inspiration, Pope Francis Calls for New Collaboration and Solutions to Climate Crisis

Citing St. Francis as an Inspiration, Pope Francis Calls for New Collaboration and Solutions to Climate Crisis

Pope states that "We Are Not God" and that the earth's temperature is rising mostly due to human activity

For Immediate Release

June 18th, 2015

Washington, D.C.--Today, Pope Francis released his highly anticipated encyclical, "Laudato Si" ("Praised Be"). Looking at the issue of the environment through a spiritual and religious lens, Pope Francis harkened back to the tradition of previous Popes, from Saint John XXIII to Pope Benedict XVI as well as citing St. Francis as inspiration not only for his encyclical, but for his entire papacy. Noting that the rise in the earth's temperature has been exacerbated by humans, The Pope urged both Catholics and non-Catholics alike to work together in calling for and working on new solutions to the climate crisis.

"Pope Francis continues to show that he wants the Church to take the lead when it comes to the climate crisis," remarked Franciscan Action Director Patrick Carolan, "from the start of his papacy when he chose the name Francis, to today, starting his encyclical by quoting the Canticle of Creatures, it's clear that the Pope believes that the environment is one of the most pressing issues of our day. We must work together to find solutions to this problem."

Clearly inspired by Franciscans, the Pope mentions St. Bonaventure who noted that St. Francis recognized all creatures as sister and brother and that we must protect "Sister Mother Earth." Using this inspiration as a call to action, the Pope spoke of the essential yet forgotten ideal of the interconnectedness of human beings to one another and to the earth and all of its creatures. Speaking both to the responsibility of human beings and of governments, Pope Francis called for eradicating the "culture of waste" blaming an "irresponsible use and abuse of the goods" that permeates our culture. He urged a renewed commitment to solving the climate crisis through personal lifestyle changes and "sincere and renewed debate."

The Franciscan Action Network shares Pope Francis' hope that his encyclical becomes a call to action for politicians, Catholics, and all people worldwide that will result in the reduction of our carbon footprint and greater usage of renewable energy.