Climate change

Pilgrims shield themselves from the sun at Pope Francis' general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Unveils Plan for Vatican to Go Solar

Jun 26, 2024

“We need to make a transition toward a sustainable development model that reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere,” a new motu proprio reads.

Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect Paolo Ruffini and Vatican Secretary-General Sister Raffaella Petrini inaugurate the photographic exhibition titled “Changes” on May 7, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. / Credit: Elizabeth Alva/EWTN News

Vatican Opens Photographic Exhibition on Effects of Climate Change

May 11, 2024

A photographic exhibition titled “Changes” opened this week in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, showcasing the effects of climate change and the creative work of God.

Pope Francis meets with participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences,” sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, held at the Vatican from March 14–15, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Indigenous "ancestral wisdom" a Vital Tool in Fight against Climate Change

Mar 15, 2024

Pope Francis addressed his remarks to participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences” at the Vatican on March 14.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Signs Interfaith Climate Statement As Part of COP28 Summit in Dubai

Dec 4, 2023

“Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem that cradles us,” the document said.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental Destruction is "an offense against God"

Dec 2, 2023

Pope Francis canceled his scheduled trip to Dubai days before the climate summit at the request of his doctors.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. | Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Parolin Will Represent Pope Francis at Climate Conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Cancels Pope Francis’ Trip to Climate Conference in Dubai, Citing Ongoing Illness

Nov 28, 2023

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.

Pope Francis on Nov. 24, 2023, met with representatives, mayors, and religious leaders from areas in central Italy hit by devastating earthquakes between August 2016 and January 2017. | Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: More Sustainable Cities Can Help with Population Decline

Nov 24, 2023

Pope Francis said Friday one of the ways to address population decline is to make cities more sustainable, increasing the quality of life for those who live there.

Pope Francis received President-Designate of COP28 UAE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Oct. 11, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis’ Trip to Dubai in December

Nov 9, 2023

The pope will visit the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city Dec. 1–3 where he will give a speech and meet world leaders.

COP28 logo. | Credit: rafapress/Shutterstock

Vatican Joins Interfaith Declaration on Fighting Climate Change

Nov 8, 2023

The Holy See has signed an interfaith declaration on taking action to protect the environment during a religious summit held ahead of COP28.

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Attend COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai in December

Nov 2, 2023

Pope Francis said in a TV interview he will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the second time from Dec. 1–3.

Pope Francis received President-Designate of COP28 UAE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

COP28 President-designate Meets with Pope Francis to Discuss Common Climate Goals 

Oct 12, 2023

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber from the UAE met the pope on Wednesday at the Vatican ahead of the COP28 meeting taking place in Dubai Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. 

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Read Some of the Reactions to the Pope’s "heartfelt appeal" on Climate Change

Oct 5, 2023

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the environment and the threat of climate change was met with praise both by Catholic and environmental leaders.

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Issues New Call for Dramatic Climate Change Measures

Oct 4, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday released a new document on the environment that he has described as the “second part” of his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si', and which warns of “grave consequences” if humanity continues to ignore the threat of climate change.

Laocoön and His Sons, Vatican Museums. | Shutterstock

Vatican Takes Climate Activists to Trial for Damage to Base of Famous Statue in Museums

Mar 9, 2023

The Vatican held a hearing Thursday to try three climate activists for criminal damage to a famous statue in the Vatican Museums.

Pope Francis meets Arouna Kandé, one of the subjects of the documentary “The Letter.” | Photo credit: Laudato Si’ Movement

Climate Change Documentary Features Pope Francis

Oct 4, 2022

Pope Francis is featured in a documentary film on climate change and the environment that premiered at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Samuel Zan Akologo, the Knights of Marshall Supreme Officer Responsible for MAREDES and Advocacy, planting a seedling. Credit: Business Ghana

Catholic Entity in Ghana Facilitates Tree Planting Initiative to Address Climate Change

Aug 13, 2022

Members of the Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), a not-for-profit wing of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall of the Catholic Church, have facilitated the planting of some 10,600 tree seedlings at Saboba in the Northern Region in Ghana in view of addressing the challenge of climate change.

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Launched African Climate Dialogues Focusing on “realities, experiences”: Catholic Entities

Jul 22, 2022

The African Climate Dialogues (ACD) that were launched Tuesday, July 19 seek to deliberate on key issues related to the climate crisis ahead of the planned 27th Climate Change Conference of Partners (COP27) scheduled for November 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the International Cooperation for Development Solidarity (CIDSE) has said.

Pope Francis speaking in St. Peter's Basilica on June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

The Poor Suffer Most from Heat Waves, Drought, Other Environmental Extremes: Pope Francis

Jul 21, 2022

As Europe faces record high temperatures and summer wildfires, Pope Francis has pointed out that the poor suffer the most from heat waves, drought, and other environmental extremes.

Dr. Paolo Ruffini addressing delegates of the 20th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 12 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

News Reports Can Enhance “ecological ethics”: Vatican Official to Eastern Africa Bishops

Jul 13, 2022

The gathering, production, and dissemination of news reports has the ability to “help spread ecological ethics”, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has said.