Dial Down the Heat: Cultivate the Common Good for our Common Home, 2016

This program is designed with the 2016 Feast of St. Francis (October 4) in mind. However, we hope you will feel free to implement the program at a time that is convenient to your parish or school.

As you know, Pope Francis was so inspired by St. Francis of Assisi that he is the first Roman pontiff to take the saint’s name. He has challenged us to make care for creation and care for the poor a cornerstone of our Catholic witness.

This year marks the 37th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi being named the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology by St. John Paul II.

Sisters of Mercy: Impact of Climate Change and Reflection Guide

Impact of Climate Change Reflection Guide, from the Sisters of Mercy lays out crucial climate change concerns as they correlate to the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. Outlining issues dealing with the Earth and ecosystems, racism, immigration and internal displacement, escalating conflict, and the education and empowerment of women, this reflection guide warns of the consequences of continued non-action on climate change.

LCWR: Climate: A Common Good

Climate: A Common Good, from Marianne Comfort and Leadership Conference of Women Religious contains an analysis of the social impact of climate change. From devastating natural disasters to widespread crop failure, climate refugees to increased spread of disease, the progress of climate change will continue to impact the poorest populations of the Earth. Pope Francis urges us to consider our individual lifestyle choices, and to make positive changes to protect our vulnerable brothers and sisters.

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