CARDINAL PETER K.A. Turkson

Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

“Laudato si is important for its affirmation of hope in humanity’s ability and power to change for the better: the better of our common home!”


CARDINAL TAGLE

Archbishop of Manila & President of Caritas International

“In the name of the church, in the name of humanity, in the name of the poor, in the name of our common Home and Creation. I am inviting you to please join the Laudato Si Pledge, but it is not enough to sign or to fix your signature, please take the pledge seriously. Live it. Pray for and with creation, live more simply and try to join the advocacy of protecting our common home.” (from Cardinal Tagle’s video-message)


CARDINAL JOHN RIBAT

Archbishop of Papua New Guinea and President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania

“This is a crucial ministry to help the global Church respond to the climate crisis. On behalf of the vulnerable communities of Oceania, I urge all Catholics to join and support this important effort to bring Laudato Si’ to life.”


CARDINAL REINHARD MARX

President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), Archbishop of Munich and Freising and President of the German Bishop Conference

“[Laudato Si] is important because Pope Francis makes us to understand: Our fight for social justice and against poverty , and our commitment to protect the climate and ‹the Earth, our common home› do not exclude each other. They are two sides of the same coin. Therefore both deserve our full attention and our willingness to act.”

 


CARDINAL WILFRID NAPIER

Archbishop of Durban, South Africa

“The Laudato Si’ message is important because it is asking everyone to put the smile back on God’s offer as he continues to inspire and guide us his children to take care of the creation, which he created so good.”

 

CARDINAL BLASE JOSEPH CUPICH
Archbishop of Chicago, United States

 

“Laudato Si’ is an unequivocal call to action to protect our common home. As we mark the second anniversary of this groundbreaking document, there is an even greater urgency to work together to honor the gift of our creator. In doing so we will shield the poor and marginalized from the effects of climate change and preserve our small planet for future generations.”

 

CARDINAL SEÁN PATRICK O’MALLEY
Archbishop of Boston, United States

“Pope Francis provides an important contribution to the good of the world we live in by making clear that we have a responsibility to care for the extraordinary gift of God’s creation, showing respect  for the needs of all people throughout the international community.  The Holy Father appropriately calls us to consider how our actions today will impact the well-being of those who will follow us in the future.” 


ARCHBISHOP SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS DD

Former President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

“Laudato Si is a lighthouse in the dark sea. Heed it and see creation’s newness and goodness again.”

ARCHBISHOP JEAN-CLAUDE HOLLERICH

President of the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions

“We all are called to listen to the cry of the nature. Praise be to all of those who invest their personal resources in order to preserve our common natural resources. We all are called to listen to the cry of the poor. Praise be to all of those who concretise economic models that create harmony between nature and humankind.”


LUIGI BRESSAN

Archbishop Emeritus Of Trento Mons

“The message of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ has an integral vision comprehensive of human being in connection with economics, relations, nature and community. It’ s a very clear and deep message: all we are interconnected and not isolated from each other.”


S.E. MONS. FRANCESCO ALFANO

Archbishop of Sorrento

“In this time of big environmental challenges that humanity must deal with urgency and foresight, the Laudato Si’ launches a cautious and challenging appeal to all men and women of good will who care about the future of our planet and who want to help building the one human family based on fundamental rights to be recognized and on the duty of participation and co-responsibility. For those who believe in Christ there is no other way of being his disciple that announcing the Gospel with the life,to be respected and promoted in all its manifestations!”


S.E. ARCHBISHOP MONS. DOMENICO SORRENTINO

Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino

“As bishop of the City of Saint Francis, I would like to give a small contribution – almost a call to the most sensitive souls and, if possible, to all men of good will – on a dimension that is often forgotten and that Pope Francis reintroduces as a fundamental dimension: the one of the spirituality. As long as man does not have a proper relationship with God, presuming himself as creator, and losing the sight of his creaturehood, the environment will always be at risk of any arbitrary and tyranny.Considering this, the return to the Canticle of Brother Sun is a first-order resource.”


S.E. MONS. ARCHBISHOP MARCO ARNOLFO

Archbishop of Vercelli, member of the Episcopal Commission for social problems and work, justice and peace of the Italian Bishop Conference

“Because it wakes us from the dullness of our uncivilization, making us hear the cry of the suffering earth we have degraded and of the poor we have marginalised; above all, it is important because it indicates us a more sober and fraternal lifestyle, able of giving true joy and hope of life to the future of humanity.”


PADRE GIACOMO COSTA SJ

Director of the Jesuit journal Aggiornamenti Sociali

“Integral ecology represents a new paradigm of justice. It articulates analysis of reality, lifestyles and spirituality, and shapes social and political action in a project rooted in contemplation and dialogue. All men and women are called to care for our common home. Pope Francis underlines that each of us, especially those living at the margins, has something precious to offer.”

FR. ANTONIO SPADARO, SJ

“We need today to assimilate the wide and holistic vision of the world that Laudato si’ offers us. Pope Francis shows us the world as a “common home”, a living environment, and not a simple “object” to use. The universe is seen as a place where we find “multiplicity and variety” and where everything is in a relationship, united by invisible bonds, and all “connected”. The Laudato si’ is important today because we need to rediscover the world as a network of relationships.”

 


MARIA VOCE

President of the Focolare Movement

“For us, Laudato Si is a strong reminder of unity, of the profound interconnectedness of all creation, and of our role in adopting a consequent lifestyle which safeguards our habitat. With a renewed drive and confidence, it is our hope that everyone may know how to look with love at every ambit of the universe and, as individuals and peoples, regardless of creed, nurture an ever ardent sense of responsibility in caring for the common home of the human family.”

MARIE DENNIS
Pax Christi International

“The honest reflection of Laudato Si’ on broken relationships within the whole earth community challenges us all to deep personal and societal transformation, while the concept of integral ecology at the heart of the encyclical offers an enormously hopeful grounding for a more peaceful, as well as a more just, future.”


FR. RICHARD ROHR, OFM

Writer and theologian

“Pope Francis has brilliantly and courageously reconnected the Catholic and Christian tradition with its neglected foundation in creation and nature itself. He is more Franciscan than Jesuit! He takes the Incarnation to its logical conclusions.”


FR. SEAN MCDONAGH

Columban priest and Eco-theologian

“Laudato Si is an important step in the Church’s understanding of our human relationship with both the Creator and all of creation. We must continually learn from science, evolve our theology, and humbly situate ourselves in the wider creation story that began with the initial flaring forth 13.7 billion years ago to the world in which we live now and into the future. We must be open to encounter creation and learn from it.”


AMPARO MEDINA

Life and Family Pastoral of Ecuadorian Bishop Conference

“I think Laudato Si at this moment is very essential for humanity. We are facing a strong global warming caused by men. We must assume that the planet is not ours, it is a gift of our creator. We should be thankful and responsible with this wonderful God’s gift.”

GLOBAL CATHOLIC CLIMATE MOVEMENT REPRESENTATIVES


TOMAS INSUA

Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement

“The Laudato Si Pledge is the Catholic Church’s chance to witness to and co-create the new, clean, life-giving paths forward that our world desperately needs. Pope Francis helped transform the climate debate by reframing it as a moral issue. Now is the turn for the Church to “walk the walk” and bring the encyclical’s message to life.”

BILL PATENAUDE
CatholicEcology.net and GCCM Steering Committee member

“The connection between our ecological sins and our sins against the dignity of vulnerable human beings—the unborn, the infirmed, the homeless—resides at the heart of the Catholic understanding of ecology. This was taught by Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and we must be forever grateful to Pope Francis for turning up the volume of that message. It is this link that Pope Francis emphasized a thousand fold in Laudato Si’ with the term “integral ecology”–and it is this link that can help foster the unity that today is so needed within the Church and the world.”

FR. BENEDICT AYODI, OFM CAP.
Capuchin Franciscan General Secretary for Justice, Peace and Ecology and GCCM Steering Committee member

“Climate justice calls for bold actions, not just bold words in dealing with Climate change. Laudato Si provides both. Let us act now to care for creation”

KEVIN ROUSSEL
Executive Director, Catholic Welfare and Development, Cape Town, South Africa and GCCM Steering Committee member

“The Global Catholic Climate Movement breathes the life of Laudato Si into the actions of many who hold harmony with the earth and each other as a central part of our evangelisation mission. Through the wonderful campaign points, resources and the ongoing development of the movement, those who care for the environment are finding a spiritual home for our actions and many more are being called to God’s creation.”

SR. SHEILA KINSEY
Executive Co-secretary of the JPIC Commission of the International Union Superiors General and GCCM Steering Committee member

“GCCM is a voice of integrity that speaks after listening to the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor”. I urge you to listen deeply to these cries, then add your voice in support of Laudato Si.”

AMY WOOLAM ECHEVERRIA
Columban International Coordinator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation and GCCM Steering Committee member

“Living Laudato Si’ is at the heart of living the Gospel of justice, peace, and wholeness with all of Creation. The Laudato Si’ Pledge opens the journey for any person of faith towards ongoing ecological conversion that lasts a lifetime.”

MARIE VENNER
Chair, National Academies of Science & Engineering Transportation Research Board and GCCM Steering Committee member

“As Catholics it is necessary for us to respond morally to the situation before us, which is detrimental to life and the ability of all to flourish. Instead, a system of domination, heedless destruction and short-term profit and decision-making prevails. Pope Francis stresses that we must come back to the common good, the core of what our religion teaches, and bring about the cultural revolution and concrete changes needed, including transition off of fossil fuels, without delay. We must act in a timely and courageous fashion, putting ourselves at risk, as certain people did in the face of the Holocaust. With faith, we can make the massive and rapid shifts we need. Catholics can and should play a leading role in bringing this systemic change about, bringing Laudato Si’ to life.”

OTHER GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS

CHRISTINIA FIGUERES
Executive Secretary, Former UN climate chief

 

“Now more than ever, the world needs to heed the moral imperative of Laudato Si’, and step up to the bold and urgent action that is necessary.”


YEB SANO

Former lead climate negotiator for the Philippines

“Laudato Si’ has brought clarity and urgency to the Church’s message on care for creation. As we already see the devastating effects of climate change taking place, it is important for each and every one of us to hear Pope Francis’ call for an “ecological conversion” and a response that includes individual change, peaceful political action, community solidarity, prayer.”


MAY BOEVE

Executive Director, 350.org

“The message of Laudato Si still rings out as clear as a church bell and as loud as a trumpet: the time for climate action is now! It’s a call that has been taken up around the world, especially at the grassroots level, with Catholics and non-Catholics everywhere rising to this great challenge of our time. Now, with the forces of denial pushing back against our hard won climate progress, we must redouble our efforts to care for our common home. Laudato Si remains an inspiration for so many of us in this struggle.”


GINA LÓPEZ

Former Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines

“The environment is Life. It is Love. When we disturb the balance, we disturb life, we disturb the flow of Love into our lives.”