On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. The document is prophetic on multiple social issues, and includes among them the Christian vocation to care for creation:
#215. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Read more of Pope Francis’s teaching on the environment.