An Urgent Call for Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency


“We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that … we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies” 

(Romans 8:22-23).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 

In 1988, we issued a groundbreaking Pastoral Letter on Ecology entitled, “What is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?”  In its opening paragraph, we noted, “Our small farmers tell us that their fields are less productive and are becoming sterile.  Our fishermen are finding it increasingly difficult to catch fish. Our lands, forests and rivers cry out that they are being eroded, denuded and polluted.  As bishops we have tried to listen and respond to their cry. There is an urgency about this issue which calls for widespread education and immediate action…”

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