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Catholic Climate Covenant:

“We commit ourselves to radical conversion as we embrace Global Fraternity”
BFS General Chapter 2006

Catholic Climate Covenant:
The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor

The CATHOLIC COALITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE is launching a unique and unprecedented initiative to demonstrate a common Catholic commitment to care for God’s creation and to stand with the poor and vulnerable people in our nation and around the world facing the impacts of a changing climate.

The U.S. Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI, in response to intergovernmental warnings that human activity is resulting in climate change which is seriously impacting those least able to respond, have called us to examine our lifestyle and demonstrate in concrete ways our concern for God’s creation and the poor, so that the poor do not unduly suffer.

Taken from “Catholic Climate Covenant” Care for Creation, Care for the Poor

The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor

Is a solemn commitment made by Catholic individuals, groups and institutions to honor God’s creation and serve poor people by acting in the following ways -

  • PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable

  • LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change

  • ASSESS how each of us – as individuals or within our families, workplaces or other organizations – is contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation)

  • ACT to change our choices and behaviors contributing to climate change

  • ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable.




Sister Sandra Lyons, OSF
Director of Justice, Peace and Earthcare
Bernardine Center
2625 West Ninth street
Chester, PA 19013


Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
450 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607      |      484-334-6957      |    © 2012

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