In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis expresses the mind of the Holy See on matters of mounting concern for all of God’s creation. Pope Francis speaks with moral guidance to address the essential link between care for others and care for creation.
This encyclical offers an opportunity for all parish and school catechists to learn and reflect upon this important Church teaching. Familiarity with the encyclical will allow catechists and school teachers to better teach the curriculum indicators that focus on the importance of human dignity and care for the natural world, and the strong link between the two.
This new encyclical is a current and useful practical resource to help catechists and teachers meet the following indicators from Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization curriculum guide and the Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.
The Archdiocese of Washington has prepared the following materials to assist parishes and help the faithful more fully understand Pope Francis’ teaching on the environment.
- Overview of Laudato Si’ (En Español)
- Press Conference Reflections by Cardinal Wuerl (En Español)
- Prayers of the Faithful (En Español)
- Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements (En Español)
- Bulletin Insert (En Español)
- 10 Ways One Parish is Going Green and Saving Money (En Español)
- Additional Resources and Videos (En Español)
- Preparing for the Papal Climate Encyclical and Visit – Energy Star Flyer
- Preparing for the Papal Climate Encyclical and Visit – Green Power Partnership
- Preparing for the Papal Climate Encyclical and Visit – Food Waste
- Saint Quotes on Creation (En Español)
- Adding a Needed Voice – Seek First the Kingdom blog post (PDF version) (En Español)
- Caring for God’s Gift of Creation – Seek First the Kingdom blog post (PDF version) (En Español)
- Catechetical Curriculum Framework (En Español)
- Complete Parish Toolkit (En Español)
- Study Guide (En Español)
- Climate Change and You: What you can do at home
- Catholic Climate Covenant Resources