Care for creation is an ancient Catholic concern that has taken on renewed urgency in recent decades. Catholics are examining their faith-related responsibility to protect the environment. Earth Day and the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi share the goal of protecting the environment and all of God’s creation.
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Catholics are examining their faith-related responsibility to protect the environment and the connection between ecology and other issues, including food security, climate change, peace and justice, and consumption and production.
Why Catholics Care for Creation
In this issue of Catholic Update, Joan Brown, O.S.F., looks at how the Church has understood creation through the centuries. While exploring such issues as global warming, she also explains how the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy can serve as a guide for the care of creation.
Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth
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Was Jesus a Tree Hugger?
This issue of Every Day Catholic focuses on how we can cultivate and care for the earth. Easy words in theory and wholly holy, but being good stewards of creation isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Francis, Faith and Ecology
The October 2007 issue of St. Anthony Messenger explored the many connections between Franciscan spirituality and our stewardship of the earth, including:
St. Francis of Assisi: Why He's the Patron of Ecology
The saint who composed the ‘Canticle of the Creatures,’ preached to the birds and prayed in the woods can teach us about caring for creation.
Species Preservation Matters
As the Poor Man of Assisi appreciated the biodiversity that God built into creation, humankind today needs to reclaim St. Francis' kinship ethic.
The ‘Our Father’: Our Environmental Teacher
This prayer can be a guide to saving the God-given planet.
The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal
An Appalachian Catholic committee works with interfaith leaders to expose the full cost of coal-generated electricity.
Going Green: For the Sake of God's Creation
Dioceses, parishes and individuals are finding new ways of fulfilling the moral responsibilities toward creation.
Learn More About the Patron of Ecology
St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation, champion of justice, patron saint of animals and the environment, founded the Franciscan order.
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