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Global Climate Change: A Franciscan Challenge

Global climate change is one of the most serious and urgent issues facing the human family. The poor, the most vulnerable and future generations will pay the heaviest price for the harm that has already been done to our environment.

As men and women inspired by St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology, we must be proactive in our response to this spiritual and moral crisis. Challenged by the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who said “our earth is speaking to us and we must listen and decipher its message, if we want to survive,” the time to act is now.

Consider taking one or two of the following steps. As part of your daily spiritual practice, seek guidance for those actions you are able to take and, one day at a time, slowly build in more steps as you are empowered and emboldened.