April 22, 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars. This year, we join with the Earth Day Network to celebrate “Trees for the Earth.”
Catholic Climate Covenant’s 2015 Feast of St. Francis program, “Caring for Our Common Home,” explores how to
understand and apply Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and climate change. The encyclical is titled Laudato Si’, or, in English, Praised Be: On The Care of Our Common Home.
This program guide contains everything you need to host an event. This guide refers to a parish, but can be equallywell used by a youth group, university, religious community, or any group that is interested in exploring Laudato Si’.
This program is designed around the 2014 Feast of St. Francis (October 4) and highlights St. Francis’ s concern for Creation and the poor because:
Hosting this session around the Feast of St. Francis highlights St. Francis’s concern for both Creation and those at the margins of society:
On behalf of all of the partners of the Catholic Climate Covenant, we thank you for your willingness to join thousands of other Catholics and people of goodwill to share in this nationwide screening event with your community.
Climate change is no longer an abstraction for many, especially those already vulnerable to nature’s unpredictability: poor people at home in the United States and millions abroad. For them, climate change is a threat multiplier: making their difficult lives even tougher.